Coronavirus Megathread: UK goes into full lockdown

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Big update everyone:

Turns out there are 2 different strains of it spreading now. It's possible one is becoming deadlier than the other.

Source: google coronavirus strains and click on the news section.
Not a big update. This was published in a paper last Tuesday and if you actually read the piece of journalism you linked to, you will see that the various scientists they asked to comment didn't see this as a big deal at all.
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It took Italy nearly 6000 cases before they finally started to properly implement the measures that have been successful in China...

I hope it doesn't take us that long.
It will it will..., though nationwide quarantine is much easier to impose on an island, since all you do is stop inbound and outbound transport of people.
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(Original post by Cryoraptor)
Big update everyone:

Turns out there are 2 different strains of it spreading now. It's possible one is becoming deadlier than the other.

Source: google coronavirus strains and click on the news section.
Chinese researchers have identified two strains in Wuhan: L strain and S strain.

S strain is the old one, L strain is a branch of it. L strain is more virulent but due to China's containment measures it is less prevalent.

Viruses mutate all the time btw, there are actually loads of new strains developing all the time. That's how they can trace infections between countries - like a Brazilian infection to a German strain. The L and S strains are just more significantly different.
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Chinese researchers have identified two strains in Wuhan: L strain and S strain.

S strain is the old one, L strain is a branch of it. L strain is more virulent but due to China's containment measures it is less prevalent.

Viruses mutate all the time btw, there are actually loads of new strains developing all the time. That's how they can trace infections between countries - like a Brazilian infection to a German strain. The L and S strains are just more significantly different.
Well aware that viruses mutate, however they have to be slightly different to be considered different strains. We will probably see a UK COVID-19 strain as well as an Italian one arise in the coming weeks that have slightly different characteristics.
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Not gonna happen. Most schools don't want to close down. I live near Maidstone where it broke out and my school hasn't closed down. It will take outbreaks in the hundreds or thousands everywhere in the country for schools and workplaces to start closing down. It's definitely going to get into the tens of thousands here, probably at least a hundred thousand. The media is just making everyone hysterical here; nobody is prepared to do anything about it.
>Not gonna happen
What makes you say that? Literally all the other countries that had similar numbers to us a week ago / a few weeks ago have no closed their schools. I feel like it will almost definitely happen in the coming weeks
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(Original post by Cryoraptor)
Big update everyone:

Turns out there are 2 different strains of it spreading now. It's possible one is becoming deadlier than the other.

Source: google coronavirus strains and click on the news section.
Old news.

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6385502
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Fair enough. Old news is a bit of an oxymoron is it not? Surely it should be called 'Olds' or something.
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"We are now forced to create intensive therapies in the corridor, in the operating rooms, in the recovery rooms
"We gutted entire hospital wards to make room for the seriously ill. One of the best healthcare in the world, the Lombard one, is one step away from collapse
"The picture is of such gravity as to require an increase in resuscitation places up to ten times the current availability
"If the population does not understand that they must stay home, the situation will become catastrophic."
- Antonio Pesenti, coordinator of the crisis unit of the Lombardy Region
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3rd UK death reported.
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3rd UK death reported.
Oh balls
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Oh balls
Very worrying.

Thoughts are with their family.
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Very worrying.

Thoughts are with their family.
Oh ****, the guy was in his 60s. My dad is 60 this year and he has type 2 diabetes and hypertension. I'm starting to genuinely worry now that it would kill him if he caught it.
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Official UK count is 273 now, 64 new cases today.
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There has been a confirmed case at my university. The campus has not been closed - for those of you wondering/hoping that will happen if it hits your area!
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Oh ****, the guy was in his 60s. My dad is 60 this year and he has type 2 diabetes and hypertension. I'm starting to genuinely worry now that it would kill him if he caught it.
Protect your father. He must self-isolate and have limited exposure to the public. All the best.
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There has been a confirmed case at my university. The campus has not been closed - for those of you wondering/hoping that will happen if it hits your area!
You're not serious?! Get away from there asap if you haven't already
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Protect your father. He must self-isolate and have limited exposure to the public. All the best.
Good luck getting him to do that, but thanks for the advice
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"as ministers warned 100,000 Brits could die from the deadly bug."

It's already being predicted that it's going to infect millions in the UK alone.
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You're not serious?! Get away from there asap if you haven't already
Of course I'm serious. I wouldn't have posted if it weren't true.
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