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#1 Mini Manannán

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Posted 19 August 2020 - 01:10 PM

Not being at all smug.  We've been free of this Covid-19 on our little rock for 90 days now.  Our government was quick to lock the borders so big praise to them for a change.



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Posted 19 August 2020 - 01:13 PM

How many people live on your island? 



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Posted 19 August 2020 - 01:33 PM

How many people live on your island? 

83,000 or so



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Posted 19 August 2020 - 02:13 PM

it's certainly an achievement to be celebrated, but on a note of caution; NZ were free of community transmitted cases of covid for over 100 days and then started to get a resurgence of cases...



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Posted 19 August 2020 - 02:52 PM

I live in the middle of the US, in a fairly large city (about 2 million) and our incidence of the Covid has been far lower than other areas, even so I've still had friends and relatives who have had it - and some have succumbed to it. Research shows that even if you survive it, it can still do massive damage to the heart and lungs. I hope you continue to be fortunate!



#6 Mini Manannán

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Posted 20 August 2020 - 09:03 AM

it's certainly an achievement to be celebrated, but on a note of caution; NZ were free of community transmitted cases of covid for over 100 days and then started to get a resurgence of cases...

We are acutely aware of what's happened in NZ and we (the public) are quite willing to keep the borders shut. The politicians are keen to gradually open them...

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Posted 21 August 2020 - 02:15 PM

I guess that at some point we all need to get it for the immunity - it's currently important to manage the rate of infection to avoid overwhelming the health services, but the only way to beat it is to have it. Failing economies will soon be more of a risk than the virus itself - quite a balancing act our 'leaders' have to pull off - earning their wages for once!



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Posted 21 August 2020 - 03:40 PM

you are very lucky mini manannan , all of you on the isle seem to have worked hard to get it sorted.

I visit 2 - 3 times a year and am really missing my fix [ and seeing friends]

Hopefully the lack of visitors is not making too many hardships on those who expect us every year.

 

With luck I'll be able to get over in 2021.



#9 Mini Manannán

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Posted 22 August 2020 - 03:51 PM



you are very lucky mini manannan , all of you on the isle seem to have worked hard to get it sorted.

I visit 2 - 3 times a year and am really missing my fix [ and seeing friends]

Hopefully the lack of visitors is not making too many hardships on those who expect us every year.

 

With luck I'll be able to get over in 2021.

The lockdown was hard work but no different to everybody else I assume, I even got to enjoy it eventually!

to be honest I haven't noticed much in the way of fewer visitors, apart from the TT of course!  We have the 'air bridge' with Guernsey so there's a fair few of those folk about.  I think all of us that aren't in the tourist trade are a bit nervous about visitors coming over if the truth be told.



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Posted 23 August 2020 - 07:29 AM

 

it's certainly an achievement to be celebrated, but on a note of caution; NZ were free of community transmitted cases of covid for over 100 days and then started to get a resurgence of cases...

We are acutely aware of what's happened in NZ and we (the public) are quite willing to keep the borders shut. The politicians are keen to gradually open them...

 

Malta is probably a better comparison. I reckon you're wise to be cautious, everybody on a small island is bound to share a few key facilities making it  hard to isolate if there was an outbreak.



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Posted 23 August 2020 - 08:05 AM

I guess that at some point we all need to get it for the immunity - it's currently important to manage the rate of infection to avoid overwhelming the health services, but the only way to beat it is to have it. Failing economies will soon be more of a risk than the virus itself - quite a balancing act our 'leaders' have to pull off - earning their wages for once!

I don't think that's feasible. Covid is, apparently, much more genetically stable than flu. But, every new transmission still carries some risk it can mutate and we produce new humans to make 100% immunity impossible to achieve. Better to avoid unnecessary risks, the fewer cases there are the more effectively they can be dealt with and the less risk there'll be in doing the stuff we still do.

 

Covid appears to be a bit more infectious than Smallpox and it took 10 years of concerted effort to eradicate that. That's with a vaccine & thousands of years to develop herd immunity. We're also a much more mobile global population than half a century ago.



#12 Mini Manannán

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Posted 23 August 2020 - 07:05 PM

Dead right Ethel, a part of me blames the cheap airlines flying the herds here, there and everywhere.




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