Corona Virus Lockdown Blues, Revisited & RevisedMatt
So far the images have been put on the site piecemeal, with some jumbled thoughts! So in an effort to showcase the images a bit better a set of permanent pages have been setup for the lock down photographs.
Is it over bar the accusations?
As the World and government starts to consider what happens next, the media start to talk about vaccinations, ‘contact tracing’ (mass surveillance), ending the lock down, ‘phased reopening’, half capacity social activity, temperature checks at every entrance, having to do it again for pandemic II, III, IV, V, …..
There are more questions being asked about if the unprecedented measures taken were indeed required and if the figures and statistics being used are valid
Suicide rates rise about 1% for every one percentage point increase in unemployment
UK Unemployment rate, for the three months December 2019 – February 2020, taken from the Office for National Statics report are: 1,364,000’s
UK Deaths by suicide in 2018, (latest figures found), from the Samaritans Suicide Stats Report 2019 are: 6859
This represents a 69.65% increase in unemployment, applied to the 2018 numbers from the Samaritans report, potentially there will be 4732 deaths by suicide as a consequence of the measures taken to protect us.
As of the time of writing this figure is 21.83% of the total UK deaths from Corona Virus.
Then there is the effects on the economy, it has been reported, in the US, that some analysts predict that financial pressures would force anywhere from 20% to 50% of all small businesses to close permanently within 90 days but the reality is, it’s the same here. In addition to this there has been a massive transfer of wealth
Was it all worth it? Was the cure worse than the disease?
Only time will tell
BAME community more at risk, a surprise to the UK Government!
Why is this important? Because the Asian/Eastern demographic appear to have a greater concentration of ACE2 as a number of studies over a similar timescales have suggested.
Association study of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 gene (ACE2) polymorphisms and essential hypertension in northern Han Chinese
Published in the Journal of Human Hypertension, in October 2006 10.1038/sj.jhh.1002090
The geographic distribution of the ACE II genotype: A novel finding
Published by Cambridge University Press, in January 2008 10.1017/S0016672307009019
A small selection ACE2 Studies
Published in the American Society for Microbiological’s Journal of Virology, in December 2005 10.1128/JVI.79.23.14614-14621.2005
Single-cell RNA expression profiling of ACE2, the putative receptor of Wuhan 2019-nCov
Published on the bioRxiv online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences, in January 2020 10.1101/2020.01.26.919985
High expression of ACE2 receptor of 2019-nCoV on the epithelial cells of oral mucosa
Published in the International Journal of Oral Science, in February 2020 10.1038/s41368-020-0074-x
Human ACE2 receptor polymorphisms predict SARS-CoV-2 susceptibility
Published in the International Journal of Oral Science, in April 2020 10.1101/2020.04.07.024752
ACE-2: The Receptor for SARS-CoV-2
R&D Systems article on potential therapies, published here