COVID-19/Coronavirus Discussion Thread (see OP for useful links)

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And people wonder why the nursing shortage is continuing to get worse:
"But nurses are being fired because they won't get vaccinated."
 

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I also think people have gotten a bit more crazy during covid times. And it's not the good kind of crazy.
Hooligans are bat**** crazy lately. Being locked up and not being able to lose that aggresion results in ...

attacking of a fanpub in Antwerp

which was then retaliated with more violence during the game
 
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Is it red or blue? 🤔
Make it in both colours under different names and brands. Give Trump a pallet of Diet Coke to endorse one and rag on the other and all your marketing is done for you.
 

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With only 56% of the US vaccinated there's still a long road ahead for sure. The vaccine mandates will certainly help push that number up a bit, but it's likely we won't hit 70%. It'll be even far less once you factor in booster shots too.

Thankfully, it looks like the Mu variant ended up not being something to be overly concerned with:

I'm not up to date regarding anything with Lamda though and it looks like the next variant to emerge will be either designated Nu or Xi. Whenever the new variant emerges and is named, we will be more than halfway through the Greek alphabet (Mu was the midpoint).
 
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The title says it all really. It's pretty interesting in case you haven't read it.
 
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Long time lurker, but finally reactivated my old account to post. I'll admit ashamedly that I was initially resistant to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Out of morbid curiosity I'd visited some deep and deprived sections of the internet. Perhaps my thinking had been corrupted by them. Fortunately, I've read over many pages of this thread and all the sources of information and medical articles/papers that have been presented, and as such have booked my first dose of a vaccine tomorrow. Considering I'm in NZ, that vaccine will be Pfizer (it's the only vaccine approved for use by Medsafe).

Ashamedly, as with most other nations, there are many vocal anti-vaxxers here. I suspect that as we were one of the last nations on earth to be breached by the delta variant, as well as the fact that for most of the past year and a half we have lived with no community cases and almost no restrictions, people have become very complacent. I knew that with the delta variant our 'elimination' strategy was no longer viable. Seems like many others didn't share that opinion until delta breached containment in Auckland in August.
 
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With only 56% of the US vaccinated there's still a long road ahead for sure. The vaccine mandates will certainly help push that number up a bit, but it's likely we won't hit 70%. It'll be even far less once you factor in booster shots too.

Thankfully, it looks like the Mu variant ended up not being something to be overly concerned with:

I'm not up to date regarding anything with Lamda though and it looks like the next variant to emerge will be either designated Nu or Xi. Whenever the new variant emerges and is named, we will be more than halfway through the Greek alphabet (Mu was the midpoint).
Good that Mu does not appear to be a significant threat.

I can just imagine the problems that will arise in some sectors when we get to Xi. For a start, they'll be too dumb to realise it is a Greek letter and nothing at all to do with the leader of the CCP...
 

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I was advised by my GP to get my 3rd shot when I am eligible so in around 2 and a half weeks, I will be doing so.
Good that Mu does not appear to be a significant threat.

I can just imagine the problems that will arise in some sectors when we get to Xi. For a start, they'll be too dumb to realise it is a Greek letter and nothing at all to do with the leader of the CCP...

When we get to "Pi" I am expecting a free Boston Cream. When "Omega" comes, I demand a free watch.
 
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What's the eligibility criteria?
Currently, it's immunocompromised/immunosuppressed, over 65, or in a high-risk occupation which is left pretty vague, but it includes things like healthcare, grocery store workers, and anyone considered "frontlines". Basically, anyone who wants a third dose can just say they work in a high-risk occupation and no one is going to question it.
 

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Currently, it's immunocompromised/immunosuppressed, over 65, or in a high-risk occupation which is left pretty vague, but it includes things like healthcare, grocery store workers, and anyone considered "frontlines". Basically, anyone who wants a third dose can just say they work in a high-risk occupation and no one is going to question it.
I've been told that anyone who also is overweight to borderline obese (guilty) is also eligible.
 

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Thankfully, it looks like the Mu variant ended up not being something to be overly concerned with:

I'm not up to date regarding anything with Lamda though and it looks like the next variant to emerge will be either designated Nu or Xi. Whenever the new variant emerges and is named, we will be more than halfway through the Greek alphabet (Mu was the midpoint).
Just imagine the scenes if it emerges from China. :lol:
 

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I'm not up to date regarding anything with Lamda though and it looks like the next variant to emerge will be either designated Nu or Xi. Whenever the new variant emerges and is named, we will be more than halfway through the Greek alphabet (Mu was the midpoint).
They'll skip Nu, because it's pronounced "new" (like Mu is pronounced Mew) and people will get too easily confused by the new nu variant.

Also "xi" will be "chi" or "x". It's written as an X in Greek but literally transcribed as Chi (chee) - it was written as Xi in some dialects but not particularly widespread and the standard Ionic alphabet used the X/x alone.
 

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They'll skip Nu, because it's pronounced "new" (like Mu is pronounced Mew) and people will get too easily confused by the new nu variant.

Also "xi" will be "chi" or "x". It's written as an X in Greek but literally transcribed as Chi (chee) - it was written as Xi in some dialects but not particularly widespread and the standard Ionic alphabet used the X/x alone.
I'm surprised that the utter stupidity of humanity isn't running to get "Mew" and try to re-sell it at higher prices.
 

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They'll skip Nu, because it's pronounced "new" (like Mu is pronounced Mew) and people will get too easily confused by the new nu variant.

Also "xi" will be "chi" or "x". It's written as an X in Greek but literally transcribed as Chi (chee) - it was written as Xi in some dialects but not particularly widespread and the standard Ionic alphabet used the X/x alone.
That would be the "correct"/Greek pronunciation, but I wouldn't be surprised if we hear/get 'English' pronunciations, such as phi, psi and chi all rhyming with "high"... (figh, sigh and kai)
 
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Wow, flashback, must have been at least 20 odd years since I heard that song.

The land of Mu is underwater so there won't be any covid there.
 
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That would be the "correct"/Greek pronunciation, but I wouldn't be surprised if we hear/get 'English' pronunciations, such as phi, psi and chi all rhyming with "high"... (figh, sigh and kai)
Chi, the drink that knows it's own name. If you want pronunciation advice definitely ask a beverage.

 

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They'll skip Nu, because it's pronounced "new" (like Mu is pronounced Mew) and people will get too easily confused by the new nu variant.

Also "xi" will be "chi" or "x". It's written as an X in Greek but literally transcribed as Chi (chee) - it was written as Xi in some dialects but not particularly widespread and the standard Ionic alphabet used the X/x alone.
I'd always heard it "ksee" by my college professors.

But then this website says "ksaai"

https://jakubmarian.com/pronunciation-of-the-greek-alphabet-in-english/
ξ – xiksaai (as in sick sigh) or zaai
 

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Johnson & Johnson will seek FDA approval for its vaccine booster this week: