‘Virus anywhere is virus everywhere’: Tony Blair calls for world to come together to fight Covid | The Independent


This is all well and good, but when Mr Blairs EU is acting as a spoilt child instead of being a competent and responsible organisation, not easy for the EU to do, but they need to try to be.

They need to own their own problems and not cast blame by diverting to others.

This is needed to ensure their own existence, a steep learning curve, but needs to be done.

 

Source: ‘Virus anywhere is virus everywhere’: Tony Blair calls for world to come together to fight Covid | The Independent

COVID-19 vaccine: EU Commission insists AstraZeneca commitment ‘binding’ as supply row escalates | Euronews


The EU is a joke when they talk of transparency, for you only have to look at their budgets to prove that. Have they ever had a completed budget audit approved.

As usual the EU is trying to show they are big hitters and throwing around their assumed power. They have been behind in this vaccine all along and still have to approve it.

I feel it is a bit of jealously in that the UK got ahead of them, so I am glad we left the EU and other countries need to seriously look into the EU and ensure they put themselves forward instead of the EU.

 

Source: COVID-19 vaccine: EU Commission insists AstraZeneca commitment ‘binding’ as supply row escalates | Euronews

Who’s Exempt From Wearing Masks?


While I agree that exemptions from wearing face-masks are necessary I also feel that some people who just objection to wearing face-masks and are not officially exempt will abuse the current exemption system and just download the exemption notice.

It may be that the people who would abuse the exemption system will be minimal, but that could be so, for people who abuse the Blue Disability badge.

Should that be so, then there should be a similar provision for exemption from wearing face-masks as there is for having a Blue disability badge.

When face-masks were made mandatory it was felt this would only be so for a short period as the COVID-19 would disappear eventually, especially when there are vaccines available.

But, as it may now be that there are many persons refusing to have the vaccines, then the expected full immunity within and outwith the UK may not occur and face-masks will need to be worn for much longer and this could be for the foreseeable future and may be forever. If there was to be a vaccine passport suitably dated and renewed on every vaccine a person has, then persons having a vaccine passport may then be exempt, but this will be dependent on whether persons vaccinated will not be able to then transmit the virus. But with mutations this may not be possible.

I, therefore, feel the Government have, not only, to issue vaccine passports, but have an official face-mask exemption system.

This will provide more support for the wearing of face-masks and diminish those who are prepared to abuse the exemption.

This will not only make everyone feel safer, but will eliminate the challenges to those persons who are officially exempt from wearing face-masks.

Same Difference

“My heart races, I get really hot and start sweating, I start shaking, all the noise in the shop seems to get louder and the lights seem to get brighter.”

That’s how it feels when Georgina Spray puts on a face covering.

The 21-year-old has autism and is exempt from wearing one. But she’s so worried about being confronted, she chooses to put one on anyway.

The problem for Georgina is there’s still no official way of proving you’re exempt.

Face coverings are compulsory in almost all public indoor areas across the UK.

And with many of the big supermarkets saying they’ll deny entry to people who don’t wear masks unless there’s a genuine reason, Georgina worries the chance of abuse rises.

So, who counts as ‘exempt’?

The list is long and fairly vague. Around the UK advice is slightly different but in general, if you can’t put one on…

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Private company ‘removes free access’ to hospital bedside TVs as pandemic surges – SKWAWKBOX


All this equipment was installed some years ago on a National direction and hospitals had no choice but to accept it.

The concept was a great idea, but the relating costs to the patients who wishes to use it were exceedingly costly.

Now most patients will have a mobile phone so, should not need this equipment to obtain and make calls, but reception for phone signals in hospitals is spasmodic, meaning at times calls can’t be made or received. However, the hospital staff are very accommodating and will generally allow patients to use the ward phone on occasions, but with COVID-19 staff may be, now too busy to provide this.

So, the free use was very welcome, but for Hospedia to withdraw this facility, while they are entitled to do so, is not very customer friendly. Or was this Hospedia intention to allow usage and give patients a flavour, with the hope that these patients would then pay when the facility was withdrawn, especially without notice.

If this was so, then Hospedia are only interested in making a profit and have no concerns or thoughts for the patients.

I believe that the original contracts, which each hospital had to enter, are now due for renewal and hospitals have a choice whether to renew or not. If it was my choice then I would not renew the contract. During 2020 I was in hospital on 3 occasions and could not obtain a phone signal, but I could use the hospital free WiFi which I did as I took my laptop and others could use their mobiles or tablets through the free WiFi.

The Hospedia technology has now been superseded by personal media and therefore the need, if there ever was one, is now not required.

Going to hospital as an inpatient should not be a cause to obtain debt, which paying to use Hospedia technology could cause.

 
Private company ‘removes free access’ to hospital bedside TVs as pandemic surges – SKWAWKBOX

How to wear your mask correctly – So are you doing it right?  | Daily Mail Online


With the World Health Orgainsation advising that everyone should ‘make wearing a mask a normal part of being around other people’, how do you tackle breakouts, fogged glasses and sore ears?

Source: How to wear your mask correctly – So are you doing it right?  | Daily Mail Online

Maskless crowd ‘chant ‘Covid is a hoax” outside St Thomas’s Hospital | Daily Mail Online


This is disgraceful and shows why the COVID-19 pandemic is progressing.

While I agree with ‘Freedom of Speech, it needs to be legally curtailed when it infringes the Freedom of others.

It is showing complete disrespect for our health service and all health service workers, while, not only putting themselves at risk, but more importantly the lives of others.

 

Source: Maskless crowd ‘chant ‘Covid is a hoax” outside St Thomas’s Hospital | Daily Mail Online

When can children get the COVID-19 vaccine? 5 questions parents are asking


This article looks at the vaccines for children and it appears that work has already been started or is soon to start, but there is still, at least, one other area and this is for adults with learning disabilities (Intellectual Disabilities) and Autism who are needle averse, for in this area needle injections are not possible.

The adults are very vulnerable, but as I see it there is no work taking place in that direction.

With regards to Flu these adults can be given the nasal spray, which is generally given to children under 12 years, but it is not as effective as the injection, but something is better than nothing.

 

Source: When can children get the COVID-19 vaccine? 5 questions parents are asking

Trump: Millions Of Americans Getting COVID-19 Is ‘Terrific’ And A ‘Powerful Vaccine’ | HuffPost UK


Trump at his worst, it is a pity there is no stop button on his mouth and Tweets, for this comment shows a complete indifference to those who have contracted COVID-19 and especially to those families who have had relatives who have died from COVID-19.

Even though he appeared to have had COVID-19 some months ago, or was this FAKE news to gain sympathy and a boost during the election period, his view of COVID-19 looks to be unchanged, in that he feels COVID-19 is not as bad as the medical experts are saying, even though the facts and figures show that it is a very serious condition causing many serious problems.

It is not just the short-term of COVID-19, but for many who have contracted COVID-19, it is the long-term conditions, which in some are extremely serious.

America and the World will not have much longer with a Trump Presidency, but the outcomes of his Presidency could have very serious effects, certainly on Americans but also all parts of the World.

For when he is the former President of America, what other mischief will he be involved with and what will the consequences be, for not only America, but all of us.

 

 

Source: Trump: Millions Of Americans Getting COVID-19 Is ‘Terrific’ And A ‘Powerful Vaccine’ | HuffPost UK

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge criticism over Royal Train tour misguided – The Yorkshire Post says | Yorkshire Post


Was this misguided or not?

Well we all have our opinions and perhaps all views should be considered, for we do live in a, supposed democratic country, but sometimes this would appear to be contradictory.

My own view, on reflection, is that it was misguided and very costly, while it did bring pleasure to some people as it was acknowledging their own contributions during this COVID-19 year.

However, in the current climate when certain travel is restricted, I feel now was not the correct time, as it could more easily have been done virtually and thereby not giving mixed messages, for there have been plenty of them, have they not, Dominic Cummings, Rita Ora and others.

The costs of this jaunt would be excessive, so who is paying for it, I hope it is not Government with taxpayers contributions?

Also why was the out journey up the West Coast, when the out journey could have been via the East Coast and the return via the West Coast?

It is not just the cost of the train and its journey, but then there would be the security costs, let alone costs incurred to the Local Authorities (LAs) where they travelled to, when Local Authorities are exceedingly short of Funds due to 10 years of Tory austerity cuts and then the vast extra costs of COVID-19. Many LAs are on the verge of bankruptcy and to create a balanced budget, more cuts to essential services will be required, when these services are already short on capacity, meaning many vulnerable people will be without vital services they need to live.

This includes the much maligned Social Care, where funding is already exceedingly short and the small amounts gifted by the Government fall way short of what is really required.

The petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

is very relevant in this climate.

Please support.

Source: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge criticism over Royal Train tour misguided – The Yorkshire Post says | Yorkshire Post

Council proposes to increase social worker caseloads to help address financial crisis| Community Care


The Government is wrong again for it is totally inappropriate for local government secretary Robert Jenrick to say the the authority had been “entirely irresponsible with their spending and investments”.

For it is the Government who are entirely irresponsible with their funding of not just Croydon, but all Local Authorities (LAs).

The funding of Social Care has never been sufficiently funded, even before 1970, when LAs were made responsible for all Social Care and the 10 years of austerity cuts only compounded this and then the additional costs related to COVID-19 made a very bad situation even worse.

Yes, the Government has provided some extra funding for COVID-19 costs incurred, but again the Government funding fell way short of what is required.

We all wonder what this Government is good at, well they are certainly good at getting things wrong, in fact on this they are exceptional, something they have fully mastered.

 

Source: Council proposes to increase social worker caseloads to help address financial crisis | Community Care