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  1. NicF

    How is Trump doing so far?

    They are not testing it because Trump is saying it works. They are testing it because some small trials seemed to show it was helpful but some other small trials suggested it actually increased the death rate. Large scale medical trials are needed to be able to come to any firm conclusion about whether the drug is actually useful in the treatment of Covid-19 or not. I doubt very much that Trump is in possession of any facts about this that are not in the public domain and if he was I doubt he would be able to fully understand them anyway.
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    The "New Normal"

    Yes, but have reduced massively from pubs. I do wonder if people are really drinking that much more or just making sure they have supplies for when they want to drink. I know I recently bought 10 bottles of wine online where I would normally buy 1 or 2 bottles a week. But it's not as easy to get to the shop to buy my normal 1 or 2 bottles a week so I ordered about 7 weeks worth in one go instead. Maybe other people are doing similar and buying extra (like with toilet roll). What would be far more telling would be the total alcohol sales (including pubs, restaurants etc) and if these are higher and remain higher or if they even out overall.
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    Fall in migration due to Covid-19

    People who have PR visas but haven't yet moved to Australia. There are several of them on this thread alone. These are the people Starlight is suggesting should stay where they are currently living for now.
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    Coronavirus and Partner Visa (820)

    Isn't the 600 a temporary visa as well? If so wouldn't that mean they wouldn't be able to enter Australia on it?
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    Corona Virus

    Absolutely. The hospitalisation rate for the virus is around 20% so if the virus spreads out of control health systems are going to get overwhelmed very quickly leading to unnecessary deaths. Given the appropriate hospital care the death rate is probably even lower than 1%, assuming it's not just the old and infirm that are catching it in the first place.
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    Are you downloading COVIDSafe app ?

    I think there is a bit of crossed wires going on. I think Parley is talking about the Australian app - that is what the thread is about - whereas the link above is about the UK app. If you want to discuss the UK app and it's issues maybe you should start a separate thread about it. Just to add to this, in the Australian app you are only giving the government data if you test positive for Covid-19 and the only data you are giving the government is the phone numbers of the phones you have been in close contact with for 15 minutes or more so they can let the people you have been close to know that they have been close to someone with the virus.
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    Bank deposit garauntee

    The Commonwealth adjusted there redraw calculations a little while ago which may have resulted in people’s redraw facility being reduced but they communicated with customers before hand with lots of warnings that the amount you could withdraw might reduce and to use a seperate savings account if this would be an issue. They may have been talking about future overpayments thinking about it but I didn’t pay much attention because I overpay to pay off my mortgage sooner not to build up savings. Presumably people’s money hasn’t actually been taken by ME as their mortgages are smaller than what they would have been if they had redrawn the funds first but they just can’t access the funds easily.
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    Are you downloading COVIDSafe app ?

    No, no problems on my iphone. Can download the FAQs no issues at all. I haven't tried to report an issue so don't know if that works or not.
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    Are you downloading COVIDSafe app ?

    That may be the case but given that there have been less than 7000 cases Australia wide (with a lot of testing) then even if this was 20% of the total cases that would only be 35,000 cases Australia wide which given a population of around 23 million makes us a long way from herd immunity.
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    Are you downloading COVIDSafe app ?

    If my daughters's experience is anything to go by once you are in contact with an infected person they will advise you to self isolate and regularly text or phone you to check if you are experiencing any symptoms. Presumably if you show symptoms they will advise you to get tested.
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    Are you downloading COVIDSafe app ?

    I've downloaded it but I have an iphone and there are issues with the way it works with iphones apparently so it may not be as useful. Given the amount and type of data the app gathers I think it's far less of a risk than most of the apps we have on our phones these days.
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    Moving to Adelaide Suburbs

    Kensington is a lovely area, if maybe slightly snobby. The schools around there are excellent but are very strict about zoning. My son plays for Kensington district cricket club in the under 16s and most of the kids there seem to go to private schools. Mostly the top, really expensive private schools as well. I would love to be able to live in Kensington or one of the surrounding suburbs but it's not cheap. I'm in (a cheap part) of Magill and know the east side of the city pretty well if you have any questions. If you would prefer to be by the beach Henley Beach High School and Brighton High school have pretty good reputations. I can't comment on primary schools in those areas though.
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    Corona Virus

    Not from all states and territories. According to the ABC only 4 jurisdictions are reporting recoveries - Victoria, WA, Tasmania and the ACT.
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    Corona Virus

    That's because recovered cases are no longer being reported rather than because people aren't recovering.
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    Corona Virus

    I don't know what the criteria is in Queensland but here in South Australia you can get tested if you are showing symptoms and have recently returned from overseas or have been in direct contact with a known case of COVID-19. You certainly don't need to be hospitalised first. They should be doing far more testing though and should be testing anyone who has had contact with a confirmed case, whether they are showing symptoms or not and should be testing anyone with symptoms. The problem with this is it requires a lot of test kits and lots of people to administer the tests and I suspect we don't have enough of either.
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