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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    The worry for the young is long Covid. We don't know nearly enough about it yet, but some experts believe it has the potential to have damaging effects on our economy far into the future, creating populations with chronic health problems and shorter life spans. For instance, children who were born during the Spanish flu had a 3 times higher risk of developing Parkinson's in later life. They know Covid causes heart, lung and kidney damage (some Covid patients have to be put on dialysis) and psychiatric problems, but so far we don't know how permanent any of them are.
  2. Their argument is that they cannot predict how long applications might take in the future, so their figure is always based on how long applications are actually taking right now. Feeble, I know, but it's how all waiting times are stated.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Because you'd rather not die or get long Covid yourself?
  4. @Peety,If you feel that strongly, don't delay. Start doing your research now. Don't think "I'll move back when I retire", because you may find you can't afford it then. The difficulty is that if you leave Australia before you're eligible to claim the Australian government pension, you will never be able to claim it. So you either have to leave now and start building up your entitlement to the UK pension, or you'll be stuck in Australia until you're entitlement age--which the way things are going, could well be 70 years old. I would suggest finding out about paying NI contributions now, and maybe backpaying some missing years as well. Also make sure you understand what the deal is with superannuation.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I thought there was a centre at Homebush?
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I agree, 80% is going to be tough I think. I guess the key is for all those people in the UK who are desperate to get to Australia (or for their families to visit them) to start nagging their Australian relatives!
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Yes they do, because a double-jabbed person can still carry and transmit the infection into the community.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    It was proved, by the Cold Institute in the UK before it was closed down, that the one reliable way of making someone catch a cold was to make them move suddenly from hot environments to cold ones, or vice versa. That's why we get colds in cold weather - not because it's cold, but because people overheat their houses, then step out into the freezing cold, or vice versa. It's why Australians get summer colds, because they over-cool their houses and then step out into 30 degrees. I dont think they had worked out WHY that was, but they had proved they could give people colds that way.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Pretty much. The government wouldn’t care if people leave Australia, except that they’re going to want to come back and take up a scarce seat on a plane and a place in quarantine
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I saw something about that this morning. Wrong results can be as frequent as one in every two tests
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    Tokyo 2020 Olympics thread

    Because someone complained that the AFL isn't there.
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    Tokyo 2020 Olympics thread

    ...but if it's crowd numbers, AFL is high because games within Australia are so well-attended. Same with Bundesliga and NFL in their respective countries. If you're talking about an Olympic sport then it has to have international appeal, so you have to look at how many countries have proper competitions in that sport, and also TV audiences worldwide.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    It would be high if there was no lockdown. Are you suggesting that Sydney should stay in full lockdown until everyone can get two Pfizer jabs (which, like I say, would be months away)? Why have you had so many tests?
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    The Official Weather Thread

    Yes that's right, and sometimes those changes have led to extinctions. There have been periods since the big bang when humans could not have survived on Earth because the climate was too hostile. So there is an argument that yes, we should just sit back and let it happen, and if it leads to the destruction of our civilisation - which every scientific analysis says it will - well, that's just part of the evolution of the planet. In a way, we should be saying, let's hope these climate changes ARE man-made. Because if they really are just normal climate change as you say, then there's nothing we can do to stop it and our civilisation has another couple of centuries to go, if it's very lucky. Whereas if our actions are contributing to the problem, we can do something about it.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Yes, and now Sydney is in a situation where the risk of catching Covid is high, but most people will have to wait weeks for their first Pfizer shot, then wait another six weeks for their next Pfizer shot, then wait another couple of weeks for that to be fully effective. Whereas people who opted for the AZ are already fully protected and are not taking up places in the queue. Your risk of dying from clots related to AZ are less than your risk of dying from side effects of several other drugs that we choose to take. Of course you're going to find a few hundred examples of people dying when there are MILLIONS of people getting the AZ vaccine. Did you know there are around 3,000 deaths every year in the UK from aspirin?
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