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  1. Rye83

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    The recovery rate is quite high for all age groups. Those that are worried about it should self-isolate and stop putting the burden on those that have little chance of getting seriously ill. I personally think that the world should stop all these crazy restrictions and get on with life (sure, continue to wear masks, social distance when possible, wash hands frequently but shutting down entire economies is f'n ridiculous and causes far more harm and hardship than it could ever prevent). All the money being spent/lost protecting people that have a very low risk of serious complications and death should instead be directed in forced isolation (and financial/medical support) of those in high risk categories and those that get seriously ill.

    Note: I'm looking at this as an American and the social safety nets in the US (meaning the complete lack of them) and any other country that gives as little of a sh*t about their citizens as the US.
     
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    A "new variant" of coronavirus has been identified in the UK, which is believed to be causing the faster spread in the South East, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.

    More than 1,000 cases of the new variant have been found, "predominantly in the south of England", Mr Hancock told the House of Commons this afternoon.


    It is spreading faster than the existing strain of coronavirus and is believed to be fuelling the "very sharp, exponential rises" in cases across the South East, he said.


    https://news.sky.com/story/new-vari...entified-in-uk-health-secretary-says-12161416
     
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  3. Notmyrealname

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    I am not sure they can be classed as mutations - they are the genotype the person has, and probably was born with rather than a post-natal mutation, which exposes that person to different levels of risk. But that raises the point as to how our genotypes arose - in the millions of years of evolution there has to have been many mutations. Yes, folks, we are all alien mutants!

    But how common are these genes which seem to expose the people who have them to greater risks? No idea. The article gave a figure of 15% of cases in their study who had serious illness related to interferon (in many cases probably related to the genes they found) as a cause or enhancement but gave no figures for the percentage of sufferers with each type of gene they studied. This pandemic has shaken the planet and I am sure there are many more studies yet to come - some will no doubt be contradictory with some researchers, countries and governments trying to trump the others. :wink:
     
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    Must be factors like the strength of the infection, the particular organs affected, the amount of damage to those organs, the age of the patient, the health of the patient, the competence of the medical staff... etc. I suppose it is like overwhelming an enemy as in the 6 Day War compared with the 100 Year War (and some longer)!
     
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