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Oct 28, 2020 08:40AM
Many thanks for your latest post.
I agree with what you say about GP clinics, and we avoid them. We did get a letter back in 2017 from the GP surgery, The Manager, telling us off for not going to the surgery. We have just ignored it. I think that there is now going to be confusion about whether people have flu of Covid symptoms.
It is a pity that you cannot get access to the New Scientist on-line. I have not had time yet to read it. I found this part of an article interesting "Up to now, we have been lucky on this score (on this core means that we should "mask up, observe distancing and stick to any extra rules that apply, to prevent the virus evolving"). SARS-CoV-2 has changed little since it emerged. It is so stable genetically that drugs and vaccines in development ought to work against all variants currently circulating, yet we cannot take that for granted."
"Unfortunately, herd immunity is bad science and would also expose us to the risk of viral evolution."
"The virus does have the capacity to mutate into something worse, but can only do so if it is transmitted from human to human."
"Cutting off transmission is therefore vital while we await a vaccine. If and when that vaccine arrives, high levels of uptake are vital for the same reason. Even more so, in fact, as the vaccine will put pressure on the virus to mutate."
Reading this article I reached the conclusion that the UK government was too reluctant to get into lock-down too quickly and has, consequently, messed everything up and allowed the virus to get out of hand. In other words, for me, he who hesitates is lost! I also conclude from all of this that the vaccine which is supposed to be the cure will put pressure on the virus to mutate and be worse!
I think Covid-19 will probably be amongst us for a long time and may be seasonal, like the flu.
I cannot understand why women in the UK do not check their breast regularly. Breast cancer has become so common that women will probably be lucky if they escape having it. Mammograms are not reliable. We have to take charge of our bodies.
I heard on the radio this morning that cancer surgery is being delayed for many, so that beds and wards can be used for Covid patients. This is not ethical.
Like you, I am concerned about our friend Marias. The lines she wrote were hard to fathom out. They were not coherent. I do hope we hear from her. Colombia is much in the news lately and the news is horrible.
I do not think parliament is sitting this week, although I do not understand why it gets a week's holiday for half-term. The Lords is sitting, but whether they are awake I do not know! I think that Johnson and Cummings, as well as the other aide, Edward Lister, should definitely resign. The whole of the front bench is not fit for purpose and I am disappointed with the lack of fire in the belly of Labour. They keep sitting on the fence.
That is about all for now. It is a dull wet day here, yet again and Raymond and I are now going to make ourselves some lunch.
Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food - Hippocrates B.C. 390 Preadjuvant chemo 3 months epirubicin, cyclophosphamide, 3 months docetaxel. Mastectomy RB Sentinel node pos Radiotherapy 3 weeks + boosters
6/20/2005, IDC, 6cm+, Grade 3, 1/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
10/31/2005 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
5/16/2006 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right