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I'm in Vietnam right now where there are only 240 cases (85) recovered for a population of 95 million.The govt here has been extremely rigorous in quarantining, tracing, closing frontiers and closing it's airports and we feel pretty safe and confident that we will survive . To date no deaths. The government here was not persuaded to allow tourism to dictate it's policies which has been the case elsewhere!!!!  If you put money before health your country  will pay a heavy price. 

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They  should  just  accept  the death rate and  carry  on,  instead  they'll  lose  more through the economic  crash.

I know I'm not.   https://www.wired.co.uk/article/uk-coronavirus-lockdown-long-term-plan     I think it's obvious by now that the hopes and promises of this virus situati

Well I'm with Jingthing on this. It's likely going to be 2 years just to get the first wave of infections worked through globally and that's assuming that places like Russia and N Korea divulge what's

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22 minutes ago, leggo said:

I'm in Vietnam right now where there are only 240 cases (85) recovered for a population of 95 million.The govt here has been extremely rigorous in quarantining, tracing, closing frontiers and closing it's airports and we feel pretty safe and confident that we will survive . To date no deaths. The government here was not persuaded to allow tourism to dictate it's policies which has been the case elsewhere!!!!  If you put money before health your country  will pay a heavy price. 

Good points. But, do you believe the numbers of a country which was so close to China?

 

I find there to be a correlation between the numbers reported and the manner in which a government governs....  

 

North Korea is doing extremely well with no cases !  

 

I find it very hard to trust the numbers presented by a number of countries. It's really difficult to know, but given the amount of time ’some’ countries have had this virus within their borders they are now statistical outliers where the spread of Covid-19 is concerned. 

 

Many extremely poor nations also have extremely low numbers, has no one travelled there, is there just no spread of Covid-19 in these countries or is there simply no network to test and report properly. 

 

Mongolia has 14 cases !!! Would you look at Mauritania? !!! it could be one thing that protected these places is that no one wanted to travel there and they were spared... Or, they are just not reporting the country.s

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, WhereIsMyRyeBread said:

It remains unknown how many are infected so the denominator is unknown to establish the actual death rate. 

As you know, cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth. It's pointless to compare Cancer with Covid.

 

If you wash your hands you can actually wash the virus away before you inhale it, that's what they're trying to convey. Hence it's time sensitive info.

Last time I checked you can't wash away a cancer tumour. What's the point you're to make? Anything that begins with the letter C that can kill you?

 

 

 

 

The point is obvious. No mass panic. Social media has ruined the world.

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24 minutes ago, Rancid said:

How long till we are all monitored 24/7 like the Chinese sheep, for our protection of course. What about cash, dangerous for virus transmission, that will have to go as well. My thoughts will change nothing, but am suspicious we are heading to a bad place, and corona is the excuse to get us there.

The RFID chipping will come in due course.  It just have to be rolled out very gently in iterations or it will be rejected by mainstream if done too quickly.


 

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19 minutes ago, richard_smith237 said:

Good points. But, do you believe the numbers of a country which was so close to China?

 

I find there to be a correlation between the numbers reported and the manner in which a government governs....  

 

North Korea is doing extremely well with no cases !  

 

I find it very hard to trust the numbers presented by a number of countries. It's really difficult to know, but given the amount of time ’some’ countries have had this virus within their borders they are now statistical outliers where the spread of Covid-19 is concerned. 

 

Many extremely poor nations also have extremely low numbers, has no one travelled there, is there just no spread of Covid-19 in these countries or is there simply no network to test and report properly. 

 

Mongolia has 14 cases !!! Would you look at Mauritania? !!! it could be one thing that protected these places is that no one wanted to travel there and they were spared... Or, they are just not reporting the country.s

 

 

 

 

Well...all the above would translate as "developing countries = liars" and "developed countries = truthtellers"...which is very unlikely.

 

Yes, it is likely that poorer countries test less than the wealthier ones, but the deaths are the deaths.

 

There is no need of money or advanced technology to count the deaths, and obviously the countries of ASEAN, just to consider this part of the world, are not piling up hundreds of new dead every day.

 

On the other side, it has been explained how Italy is "boosting" its death toll, probably along with Spain and France, by using a rather debatable way of counting its deaths.

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On 4/4/2020 at 5:32 AM, cmarshall said:

I think by the end of the year people are going to go back to work even if the pandemic is not over out of economic necessity.  The govt is not going to make everyone whole.

Most jobs will not exist by the end of the month let alone the end of the year.

 

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11 minutes ago, Brunolem said:

Well...all the above would translate as "developing countries = liars" and "developed countries = truthtellers"...which is very unlikely.

 

Yes, it is likely that poorer countries test less than the wealthier ones, but the deaths are the deaths.

 

There is no need of money or advanced technology to count the deaths, and obviously the countries of ASEAN, just to consider this part of the world, are not piling up hundreds of new dead every day.

 

On the other side, it has been explained how Italy is "boosting" its death toll, probably along with Spain and France, by using a rather debatable way of counting its deaths.

Interesting...  I would argue that the statistics presented my many developing countries are questionable at the best of times. i.e. Road Fatalities reported by Thailand vs WHO’s figure. 

 

The actual ‘numbers of deaths’ are difficult to fudge, however, in comparison:

About 7.6 ppl per 1000 die each year in Thailand - thats a total of ±522,000 people each year. 

1422 people per day.

 

Thailand is claiming 2168 cases of Covid-19 with 23 deaths. 

Hypothetical. 

IF Covid-19 has a CFR of 1.06% (Thailands FCR) and is under reporting their numbers by a factor of x10 i.e.  something closer to 200,000 cases - we be looking at 2120 deaths. Averaged out over the last month thats 70 deaths per day. 

About the same as the Road deaths and compared to 1422 people per day who die anyway, or in addition to the 1422 people die anyway, would we really notice it unless all the numbers were being collated accurately and then identified as a statistical outlier?

 

Based on the above hypothetical situation its not really possible to tell if the numbers for these countries is real or not because we are below the ‘observational tipping point’ at which time it would be impossible to avoid the numbers... 

 

Food for thought anyway... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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33 minutes ago, richard_smith237 said:

 

About the same as the Road deaths and compared to 1422 people per day who die anyway, or in addition to the 1422 people die anyway, would we really notice it unless all the numbers were being collated accurately and then identified as a statistical outlier?

 

We, outsiders, would not notice, but the concerned families would, and if there is something that is working in Thailand, it is the high speed "smoke signals".

 

People have family members everywhere, and in a village like the one where I live, the extended families cover the whole country.

 

Then, each member has his connections, and so on.

 

I am always amazed by the quantity of information constantly reaching the village, without me seeing or hearing anything.

 

And death is top priority information.

 

I can't imagine how it would be possible to hide hundreds of deaths without having multiple leaks...that would require the complicity of all the hospitals and all their staff, without one of them going, anonymously, on the internet to spill the beans...

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9 hours ago, JackThompson said:

 

As well, there is already a known drug combination which has shown efficacy - hydroxychloroquine + azithromycin.  But because they are off-patent, there is not a lot to be gained by large pharmaceuticals.  The testing seems to be dragging on forever - should have taken ~10 days to replicate the French study with a larger group.  In fact, the French have already completed a follow-up study, with excellent results.

 

Three Marseille study was not randomized. Si the results are useless.  We don't know (from this study) whether there is some efficacy or not.

 

The results of the French follow-up study were disappointing. 

Another - not French - study showed moderate efficacy. This was a methodically sound study. 

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On 4/4/2020 at 7:02 PM, jak2002003 said:

 

 

 

 

Just hope that no one steals your chickens, and the water supply will still run to the rice fields (who will fix any broken pumps / pipes for example). 

 

Also, your house may be targeted because you are a farang and some of the villagers think you must have lots of money or valuable things stocked up in your house.

 

Don't forget all the family and people returning to your village to thier family homes as they are all out of work.  How is everyone there going to have money for food or essentials after a few months of lock down or curfew?   

 

It might look rosy for you now... but if this gets dragged out for many months, out in the sticks, there is less police presence, neighbours are not as close if you need help or assistance in an emergency, and services such as electricity and water will be on lower priority if things break out there, rather than in a more heavily populated area.  

 

 

 

 

 And many other countries in the same situation.

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On 4/5/2020 at 2:22 AM, Grumpy John said:

Just on the deaths. Every day the number of dead grow which doesn't seem to worry some people.   While it's numbers listed in a news post it doesn't really matter

....until of course it's someone close to them....or maybe it is them....then, I am guessing, in the after life they can tell the other spirits how unimportant the numbers listed really are.  Every life lost is a [email protected] shame.

 

If every day we were informed of how many people died the previous day from natural ( health issues ) causes and accidents, including motor accidents etc, around the world, the current toll from Corona might seem less threatening.

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10 hours ago, Brewster67 said:

Most jobs will not exist by the end of the month let alone the end of the year.

 

I am far, far more worried about the man made catastrophe that is probably going to occur than I am about the virus.

The vast majority will either ( on current information ) not become sick at all, or will get over the symptoms, but if the economy is gone, society will not be far behind, IMO. To save the lives of some people with health problems that would might kill them anyway, governments are actively working to render millions unemployed, with all the horrendous consequences of that, IMO.

 

Without a vaccine, and no responsible expert I've heard is saying one will be ready in less than a year, every time we come out of lockdown the virus might start again. It only takes one symptom less infected traveler entering the country to start it over- it will be interesting to see what happens in China which does seem to be trying to go back to "normal".

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12 hours ago, leggo said:

I'm in Vietnam right now where there are only 240 cases (85) recovered for a population of 95 million.The govt here has been extremely rigorous in quarantining, tracing, closing frontiers and closing it's airports and we feel pretty safe and confident that we will survive . To date no deaths. The government here was not persuaded to allow tourism to dictate it's policies which has been the case elsewhere!!!!  If you put money before health your country  will pay a heavy price. 

If citizens have no money, your country will pay a heavy price.

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