Keep your mask on: Why a coronavirus vaccine won’t be the panacea many hope for – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

We all want the pandemic to end. Many of us are are hoping a coronavirus vaccine becomes available soon. But will a vaccine development process that many believe has been politicized and some fear is being rushed deliver a safe and effective vaccine? Will people want to take it? As we wait to breath a sigh of relief, we’ll still need to keep those masks handy.

Source: Keep your mask on: Why a coronavirus vaccine won’t be the panacea many hope for – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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Can We Trust AI Doctors? Google Health and Academics Battle It Out

When it comes to life and death decisions, when can we trust enigmatic algorithms—“black boxes” that even their creators cannot fully explain or understand?

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Estonia Is a ‘Digital Republic’—What That Means and Why It May Be Everyone’s Future

Estonia has digitized 99 percent of its public services and persistently achieves one of the highest ratings of trust in government in the EU.

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Estonia Is a ‘Digital Republic’—What That Means and Why It May Be Everyone’s Future

Estonia has digitized 99 percent of its public services and persistently achieves one of the highest ratings of trust in government in the EU.

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COVID-19: Intention was to write essays. Gathered data, too much, too manic, then came fear as I read the Harvard notes on how to write an essay. After the last recession 2009; I wrote most days on WordPress. Time is now and I will continue to write in the way I know best, without having to conform …

11th October, 2020

The Qualifier is the essay to me is about perfection and it is perfection that creates the massive anxiety disorder which causes mental collapse.

Every day I start the day by looking for a quotation which engages me with whatever is within that day. I then go to my twitter account @canisgallicus and I “paste” the quote, with a comment added by me to a variety of tweeters who may be interested – these days it mostly relates to COVID-19.

Tweet:

Please COVID-19 has given us “TIME”; let’s take time to examine

our lives; we know 2021 will yield vaccine, but

be learned going forward. Charlie Chaplin –

Final Speech from The Great Dictator

https://youtu.be/J7GY1Xg6X20 via @YouTube

“Fight for world of Reason” Science too.

Pandemic no 2 is mental health; the loss of mental wellness which is happening now but will apply for decades to come.

This was tweet sent out on 10th October 2010 – World Mental Health Day.

Mental Health Crisis in a Knowledge Economy-The Brain Forum Debates 2020 YouTube https://youtube.com/watch?v=z_BJw5oD7w4 2nd pandemic=mental health; it is sequel to COVID-19. Listen to ple who have had mental breakdowns esp Alistair Campbell&Anna Williamson; be ahead of curve. Me Anxiety/Bipolar

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Trump’s COVID infection shows why it’s time to retire the nuclear football – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Allowing the president to retain sole authority—even when he can’t think clearly—increases the risk of blundering into nuclear war.

Source: Trump’s COVID infection shows why it’s time to retire the nuclear football – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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Digital Technologies Will Help Build Resilient Communities After the Coronavirus Pandemic

Leaders are handling time-sensitive tasks and meeting pressing needs with affordable, inclusive technologies that don’t require much technical knowledge.

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Vaccines don’t save lives. Vaccinations save lives

(2019). Vaccines don’t save lives. Vaccinations save lives. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics: Vol. 15, No. 12, pp. 2786-2789.

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A Norwegian Startup Is Turning Dry Deserts Into Fertile Cropland

The UN population forecast predicts that by 2050 there will be almost 10 billion people on the planet. They’ll live mostly in cities and have an older median age than the current global population. One looming questions is, what will they eat? The Green Revolution of the 1960s used selective breeding to double crop yields …

Source: A Norwegian Startup Is Turning Dry Deserts Into Fertile Cropland

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“Deaths of Despair and the End of Capitalism” but what was not envisaged was a Pandemic coronavirus known as COVID-19. Since March 17th 2020 we are a world frozen in time but now it is the present and future. How do we go forward? Panorama BBC 1 Cancer Crisis; 35,000 estimated to die.

What can we do to cope?  We can start each day and end each day with a Gratitude List, as suggested by Ariana Huffington, Huffington Post.  It is grounding and never more than now, we need to engage with  life in a positive way realising that COVID-19 has no cure, and it will take probably a year or more to have a vaccine or sera.

A wise old Judge (Michael Comyn KC) once said and this was back in the 1950’s when there was no internet available to most people “Knowledge is no Load”.  What we need to achieve now is to ensure that the digital divide is eradicated and people are encouraged into lifelong learning as the opportunities are available.  If you have no computer at home; there always is the library.  The idea of a Universal Basic Income becomes essential as artificial intelligence, robots, technology, eHealth and so much more, are the future and there may be a reduction in work as we know it.  What is important is creativity and this can be fostered by people who may work but in a different way to others; they are imbibed with a gift or a talent and this is often rooted in the will to improve the lives of others through being creative in thinking and engaged with society through the internet and social media

This week Ireland finally has managed to achieve a new Government after months of negotiations between varying parties.  Fine Gael (Leo Varadkar); Finana Fail (Micheal Martin); the Greens (Eamon Ryan) are in power now.  The Cabinet selection resulted in disappointments for certain truly committed politicians and below is a copy of an email sent to some of them, politicians who I would regard as able and now become the untapped resources of intelligencce and political endeavour with a power to finally dispel corruption which has hindered Ireland which remains a young State, now in its centenary year.

Subject: The Doctor Is In: Scott Atlas and the Efficacy of Lockdowns, Social Distancing, and Closings – YouTube. Halt LockDowns in line with common sense argument.
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2020 17:07:31 +0100
From: Michelle Clarke <michelleclarke@upcmail.ie>
To: John McGuinness <john.mcguinness@oireachtas.ie>, Eamon Ó Cuiv <eamon.ocuiv@oireachtas.ie>, Jim OCallaghan <jim.ocallaghan@oireachtas.ie>, Thomas Byrne <thomas.byrne@oireachtas.ie>

To those who should have been chosen for Cabinet positions.

Highly recommend this:  Too much negativity surrounds the world and Ireland, being a small open economy is particularly vulnerable to recession.  A little vision as Whitaker and Lemass had at another time after the near 30 years of recession/depression in Ireland when we exported our people in droves (no longer an option).

It will take about 45 minutes to listen to Dr Scott Atlas, Hoover Institution being interviewed by Peter Robinson above but what he says is profound and is about common sense with the reasoning of true cost benefit analysis.

I can’t stress the importance of listening to this interview from the Hoover Institution.  Deaths of Despair* (Sir Angus Deaton, Anne Case) needs to be considered.  Unemployment and I know about this from an earlier life, because it set me on a path of multimorbidities, have profound costs that empirical data will corroborate.  Dr Scott Atlas, you may have heard of him or you may not but if not, what he says makes common sense and especially now as we exit LockDown we must be able to take a view of the glass half full otherwise we will ensure a recession/depression most likely worse than the 1930’s.  Just one example: because retention is not a strong point for my brain … 35% and above of children taken to A&E in America (with severe injuries) are noticed and referred to A&E, in the school system.  Unemployment happens at the lower end of the salary scale and therefore to have no school puts children in serious jeopardy and this is a cost in its own right as distinct from having COVID-19.

*  “Deaths of Despair”:  This is a short interview talking about suicide, addiction, unemployment and how people reach that level of being disconnected from society.  COVID-19 has not even considered this crisis in the making but the time has come to value the lives of people who suffer from Despair.  There will be many casualties over time.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXf-xcR8bdA

Recommend this link too:  COVID-19 and Lesson from Pandemics (Professor Niall Ferguson) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmmOiG8Odm8

Panorama BBC  1:  No screening for cancer because of COVID-19 priority; so many dying or having worse experiences with cancer as a result of hospitals being closed off and the cancellation of screening, or worse chemotherapy, drugs trials, radiology, being interrupted, is worth watching.  The figure could be as high as 35,000 deaths as a result of COVID-19 priority.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8493967/BBC-podcaster-Deborah-James-reveals-friend-31-died-cancer-soon-COVID.html

Private treatment under Professor John Crown, Oncology, St Vincent’s Private hospital. My mother paid throughout her life for my VHI cover.  Imagine if it had been through this COVID-19 ominous Pandemic period.  Professor Angus Deaton and Anne Case – Deaths of Despair and the End of Capitalism is recommended.  Poverty, unemployment, illness, violence in the home, hardship are bad cards to be dealt in life.  My treatment went smoothly and I wrote a book logging my experiences which may be interested to those looking at how COVID-19 had impeded their treatment.  Timing is so important.  Too many are not being screened now and nobody is talking about it.  Thank you Panorama because as always you aim to shock people with truth and facts, into a reality they wish to avoid.

My book:

Fortune Favours the Brave by Michelle Marcella Clarke

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fortune-Favours-Michelle-Marcella-Clarke/dp/1912639610

 

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