India: 1st May 2021 – mutations are a warning sign to people in Ireland who are about to leave their third severe LOCKDOWN: the temptations now that our elderly have had their vaccines is to let the guard down ie those restrictions that keep us physically distanced, washing our hands regularly, wearing masks, remain essential too. COVID-19; that virus is virulent to conquer and in its armoury are mutations and variants which emerge when least expected. While we were at our worst in January, India was moving towards “normality”; they returned to parliamentary talks, gatherings, marriages and their major public holiday drew in the crowds minus a lot of the necessary precautions. Today 400,000+ cases have presented and the figure is rising. The tragedy is beyond comprehension. India is the “Pharmacy of the World” and it is the largest producer of vaccines in the world; its population is 18% of the world population. Ireland: We need to learn by looking beyond our own media. We need to use technology to access people like Dr Mike Ryan, WHO; Dr Fauci in the US and so many more. Pandemic applies to the people of the world. We need to be prepared and able. “Vaccination: Advice of Jeremy Farrar “We have to do it before summer…”

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This article is written on the 5th January and it is a warning so this makes it more essential for people in Ireland to engage and be prepared.

  • Jeremy Farrar on the Coronavirus: “We Are in a Dramatic Race Against a Changing Virus”

British Infectious Disease Expert Warns of New Mutations “We Are in a Dramatic Race Against a Changing Virus”

Despite the start of vaccinations, British medical expert Jeremy Farrar doesn’t believe there will be a quick return to normality. Instead, a “new dangerous phase of the pandemic” is beginning. Interview Conducted By Veronika Hackenbroch 05.01.2021, 11.49 Uhr

A mobile vaccination team in Frankfurt, Germany: "It's about the trust between the citizens and the politicians."

A mobile vaccination team in Frankfurt, Germany: “It’s about the trust between the citizens and the politicians.” Foto: Frank Röth / F.A.Z. Pool / dpa


DER SPIEGEL: Dr. Farrar, will we get our normal lives back in 2021?

Farrar: I think it is unlikely that we will be able to return to a completely normal state as early as this year. 2020 was a deeply traumatizing experience for people. Many have lost relatives and friends. Children could not go to school, adults could not go to work. Today, when you see footage of people crowding into public transport, sporting events or theaters and cinemas, close together, it looks like a different time. It will take time for us all to regain confidence.

Jeremy Farrar, 59, is director of the Wellcome Trust, leading the world’s second largest foundation supporting medical research. The scientist was head of the clinical research unit  at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam for 18 years and is an adviser to the World Health Organization. 

DER SPIEGEL: Will we be able to beat the coronavirus this year?

Farrar: If we get it right, yes. We know how to keep the virus at bay with contact restrictions. In addition, large populations around the world could be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the first half of the new year. With both measures together, we can hope that next autumn or winter will mark the beginning of the post-COVID era. First, however, we are now entering a new dangerous phase of the pandemic.

DER SPIEGEL: You mean the new variants of the virus that have appeared in Britain and South Africa? 

Farrar: Yes. These mutants are significantly more contagious and have become the dominant virus variants in these countries in just a few weeks. The British mutant has already been found in several other countries, including Germany. I think it is inevitable that these new variants will spread and soon become dominant around the world. This will make it much more difficult to control the pandemic — and it could get worse if the virus continues to change. So, we are now in a dramatic race against a changing virus that is under an enormous immune pressure. 

Epidemics expert Farrar: "We are facing a huge challenge."

Epidemics expert Farrar: “We are facing a huge challenge.” Foto: 

Andrea Artz / DER SPIEGEL

DER SPIEGEL: What do we have to do to win the race? 

Farrar: Firstly, we have to take really tough urgent measures to slow down the spread of Sars-CoV-2 and its new variants. And secondly, we have to vaccinate large parts of the global population as quickly as possible in the first half of 2021we have to do it before the summer. If we were to take until autumn, that would not be fast enough. We would see another wave in the winter of 2021. So, Germany, for example, has to vaccinate more than 4 million people per week. We are facing a huge challenge.

DER SPIEGEL: But the goal of vaccinating large parts of the population by summer cannot be achieved with the two vaccines from BioNTech, which is already being administered, and Moderna, which es expected to be authorized for use in Europe this week. 

Farrar: That’s true, these mRNA vaccines are important, but there will soon be other vaccines. The vaccine from AstraZeneca and Oxford University has just received emergency approval in the United Kingdom. Hopefully, the vector vaccine from Johnson & Johnson will also be approved soon. These vaccines are so important as they can be used worldwide. With the AstraZeneca vaccine, the efficacy is between 62 and 90 percent, and we know that it can prevent severe disease. None of the study participants who received the vaccine had to go to hospital. DER SPIEGEL 01/2021

The article you are reading originally appeared in German in issue 01/2021 (December 31, 2020) of DER SPIEGEL. SPIEGEL International

DER SPIEGEL: Is there a danger that the vaccines will no longer work against the new variants? 

Farrar: So far, there are no indications of that. So far, there is no evidence of this. But there are fears that monoclonal antibodies developed for the acute treatment of COVID-19 patients might not work as well in the South African variant. If the virus is allowed to spread unchecked, the risk grows that mutations will emerge that give Sars-CoV-2 an even greater advantage. It is only a matter of time. It would not be a surprise if at some point the virus changed so much that the vaccines no longer worked. Then we would have to watch helplessly as the pandemic returns, even if everyone has already been vaccinated — a horror scenario. 

DER SPIEGEL: Can we prepare for such an emergency? 

Farrar: We urgently need to develop second-generation vaccines and drugs that target more proteins of the virus evading the new variants. And we need to keep a very close eye on how the virus evolves all over the world. In order to detect new variants in time, it is necessary to decode the genetic sequence of the virus in many more samples of infected people. Unfortunately, Germany – like many other countries – is not sequencing anywhere near enough viruses. Germany has a lot of catching up to do. New mutants may arise anywhere in the world, so it is in all our interests to support the World Health Organization (WHO) to coordinate surveillance globally. 

DER SPIEGEL: You have always advocated keeping schools open as long as possible. How should Germany proceed after the end of the Christmas holidays? 

Farrar: It is tragic, but I think it is impossible to reopen the schools in Germany quickly because of the level of infections. Such a measure would greatly accelerate the spread of the virus and the new variant. Recent estimates suggest that up to 85 percent of the world’s population would need to develop immunity to SARS-CoV-2 through vaccination to stop the pandemic.

Source: Anthony Fauci, CNBC News

DER SPIEGEL: What surprised you most about the coronavirus pandemic? 

Farrar: That Africa has so far been much less affected than feared. I had expected the novel coronavirus to be a huge problem for the continent; but at least so far, that hasn’t turned out to be the case. 

DER SPIEGEL: Could that still change? 

Farrar: Unfortunately, yes. Africa has decades of experience with epidemics, the population is younger than in Europe, less connected, and the warmer climate has also helped. But I fear the new variant from South Africa could soon spread across the entire African continent and change everything. That worries me a lot. 

DER SPIEGEL: You campaigned early on for a fair distribution of vaccines. Will that succeed? 

Farrar: There is a chance — and it must succeed. Fair distribution of vaccines is not just for moral reasons. If we start by vaccinating only people in rich countries, while allowing the virus to continue to spread unchecked in Africa, in India and in Central and South America, then new variants will emerge in these parts of the world. And these new variants will inevitably come to Europe. Then we’ll be back to square one.  “We can hope that next autumn or winter will mark the beginning of the post-COVID era. First, however, we are now entering a new dangerous phase of the pandemic.”

DER SPIEGEL: Why wasn’t Europe able to cope better with the pandemic? 

Farrar: SARS-CoV-2 is a very difficult virus to control. It has now reached every continent on the planet, even Antarctica, hundreds of millions of people probably have already been infected. In Europe, we have an aging population that is vulnerable to severe disease. Our continent is also densely populated and there is a big difference between rich and poor, which also contributes to the spread of the virus. And finally, Europe has little experience in dealing with severe epidemics, unlike Asian countries like Vietnam… 

DER SPIEGEL: … where you lived for many years as a researcher and doctor… 

Farrar: … and which copes well with the new type of coronavirus. I was in Vietnam in 2003 when there was an outbreak of the lung disease SARS and shortly afterward of bird flu. There is dengue fever, malaria and many other infectious diseases there. Countries like Vietnam are used to dealing with epidemics.  Related Article BioNTech Founders Türeci and Şahin on the Battle against COVID-19: “To See People Finally Benefitting from Our Work Is Really Moving” Interview Conducted by Steffen Klusmann und Thomas Schulz

DER SPIEGEL: Vietnam has a one-party system like China. Are dictatorships better suited for fighting pandemics? 

Farrar: No, I don’t think so. Look at Norway, Finland, Ghana, New Zealand and Australia. Those are all democratic countries, and they have all controlled the virus very well. What matters most is the long-term investment in public health and the ability of the respective government to be honest with its citizens. It’s about the trust between the citizens and the politicians, about the right communication strategy. 

DER SPIEGEL: What do you mean by that specifically? 

Farrar: People don’t want to hear untruths. They don’t want to be promised things that those in power can’t deliver. 

DER SPIEGEL: So, was it wrong to raise hopes in Germany that there would not be a second shutdown? 

Farrar: People want transparency and honesty. It becomes difficult when academics or politicians promise too much and deliver too little.

DER SPIEGEL: How will this pandemic change the world? 

Farrar: It is the first real challenge of the 21st century on a global scale. There’s no way we can go back to business as usual afterward. I really hope that this pandemic will force us all to question the way we live. I hope this epidemic will make us realize how vulnerable we are, not only to pandemics. Just think of what multi-resistant germs or climate change can do.

DER SPIEGEL: Are you an optimist? 

Farrar: Absolutely. But if you don’t change things after a crisis, that crisis will repeat itself. Because of the horrors of two world wars, the United Nations was founded, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and others. These were important reforms that have helped us live in a better and safer world than ever before. There must be such a joint global effort again now. Feedback

Selected by Michelle Marcella Clarke: 30 years and much ill-health targets my attention to those who are credible sources of information regarding COVID-19.

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Green investing “definitely not going to work”—former BlackRock exec – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

A former player in one of the biggest efforts to turn Wall Street ‘green’ now believes the climate crisis cannot be solved by free markets. “It’s not because they are evil, it’s because the system is built to extract profits,” he said.

Source: Green investing “definitely not going to work”—former BlackRock exec – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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Israelis Cry Out to the World to Stop Mandatory COVID Injections as Lawsuit Is Filed in International Criminal Court Over Nuremberg Code Violation

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The Plastic-production Problem

Plastic fills our dumps, homes and oceans, and takes a huge toll on wildlife. Yet the oil industry plans to increase its production 40 percent over the next decade.

Source: The Plastic-production Problem

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Most of Texas’ energy comes from oil and gas. So why blame wind and solar for its power failures? – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Regardless of what really happened, Texas conservatives want to blame renewables for the state’s power fiasco, protect the fossil fuel industry—and open another front in the culture war.

Source: Most of Texas’ energy comes from oil and gas. So why blame wind and solar for its power failures? – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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Dictionary Of Irish Biography – Comyn, Michael

Source: Dictionary Of Irish Biography – Comyn, Michael

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The Supervet

The show follows Professor Noel Fitzpatrick and the team at Fitzpatrick Referrals sharing with the world the highs and lows of a working veterinary practice

Source: The Supervet

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Broca’s (Expressive) Aphasia – National Aphasia Association. Traumatic brain injury: this is why I use Twitter, computer, email. Phone is nearly impossible for communication.  You rely on someone else’s spoken word to prompt you to give a reply.  Scrambling to make sense words come to mind & the visual is the plough and the stars; the words are not and cannot be sequenced just clutched at in the hope that the other person will make sense of what you are trying to say.

Individuals with Broca’s aphasia have trouble speaking fluently but their comprehension can be relatively preserved. This type of aphasia is also known as non-fluent or expressive aphasia.

Source: Broca’s (Expressive) Aphasia – National Aphasia Association

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Uncovering Grangegorman Histories for Culture Night 2020

Listen to the little-known story of the recovery and restoration of the records from the hospitals associated with the Grangegorman site. These records document the lives of the people and the practices employed there from 1814 onwards.

Source: Uncovering Grangegorman Histories for Culture Night 2020

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Psychiatric trauma: the hidden toll of the Covid-19 Pandemic published in the Euronews. The link below introduces us to Psychiatry and the team of people who provide services for people with psychiatric, mental health, addiction in France. We in Ireland need to follow a similar model. Mental health in Ireland is the “Cinderella” … our budget allocation is far below allocations for other health areas and for psychiatric services in other EU countries.

…………..And Why I believe Royal City of Dublin hospital (Baggot Street hospital, Upper Baggot Street and Haddington Road) should become a medical centre of excellence, for mental health and especially post COVID-19 and the trauma caused which cannot be measured as yet.  Some people already refer to Mental Health (Deaths of Despair Sir Angus Deaton/Anne Case) as the second Pandemic.  If you pass by what was the section to do with addictions in Haddington Road, recently closed, you will see a tent, some person’s home – it is a shocking indictment that a person lives on a cold street – a street where 20 years ago a young man called Trevor Deely disappeared.

We have a duty of care as a society.  1980’s we followed the UK model.  The aim was care in the community.  Instead what we have is empty buildings and empty vacant spaces in people who deserve more.

Take a few minutes and explore how the French deal with mental health; yes they mention Stigma but they appear to be far more hands on and they recognise from the research already done, that mental health and addiction are a crisis happening at present but with a fall-out going forward for years.

One more point 39 A  Belfield to Ongar is due to run 24 hours. It passes Baggot Street hospital.

Search:  Royal City of Dublin hospital which spans a number of years of comments highlights the fall further from grace of what was once a training hospital for the doctors who went to the Crimea War.


*Michelle Clarke

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Today we can relate to Emotional Intelligence but also the latest is Technology Intelligence In contrast to the COVID-19 pandemic the world is experiencing at present, the comparable Pandemic of 1918 is worth examination, not necessarily in detail but enough to realise mental health systems have improved. However we need more change, we need to remove the Stigma and we need proper care for those affected, knowing that there will be a fall-out from the impact of COVID-19.

Links which may be of interest

28th April 2020

Mind the Brain: How COVID-19 is a Unique Threat to Mental Health.

Steven Berkowitz, MD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Director, START Center
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

“…….Pandemics differ from other disasters in that they generally affect a larger number of people, threat to life is prolonged, and illness and mortality come in waves, not all at once. There is an erosive effect due to the constant and prolonged exposure to stress.

Although there have been recent pandemics such as Ebola and the “swine flu,” not since the Spanish flu has the United States experienced such widespread and virulent contagion. About 28% of the U.S. population was infected with the Spanish flu, with 0.81% dying. Unfortunately, there is little information regarding its mental health impact, except for some relevant data from Norway, where there was a 7.2-fold increase in first-time asylum admissions over a 6-year period post-pandemic. Symptoms described included sleep disturbances, depression, mental distraction, dizziness and difficulties coping at work. Furthermore, there were upsurges in cases of neurologic illness among a group of patients in recovery……”


“On the Shoulders of Giants”. What we can learn from the US?

……….Norred had battled schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. When using her medications, she was full of energy, cooking meals for her mother’s book club, or visiting her grandmother in an assisted living facility.

“She was happy, healthy, and productive,” said Elizabeth Frederick, her mother.

When in the throes of mental illness, the popular waitress was tormented by sleep-deprived paranoia.

Her obsessive behavior led to aggravated stalking charges and landed her in jail on April 2, 2017. During her three months behind bars, she grew agitated, argued with inmates and told staff she didn’t need her medication. A psychologist deemed her incompetent for trial and recommended a mental health facility. A judge eventually agreed…….

Before she could be transferred, Norred hanged herself……….

Please read the link. Mental health, the Cinderella, embodied with Stigma. What happens in the hospitals and prisons in America or the UK may dwarf our prisons, hospitals, mental health hostels but the illness is core and the horrors apply, maybe not to scale, but the details we should know and acted upon. Think of our homeless and mental health neglect. It is easy to shun a person when you come upon them in a distressed state. It does not have to end in suicide, or locked away in the Central Mental hospital, having murdered a perceived foe.

2017 diagnosed with breast cancer: So much life experience I decided that I would write book. Now appear to be a breast cancer survivor.

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Fortune Favours the Brave by Michelle Marcella Clarke

Be watchful: Depression creeps into the mind…and can destroy. Depression Comix.

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Japan: What can we learn? Deflation lasted over 20 years. A dangerous culture took hold in an economy with minimum economic growth; it was the crisis associated with young people yearning social isolation; that same social isolation that 2020 has imposed upon The World even as far as the Antartic. The question is when COVID-19 is eliminated by vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna which December 2020 has seen their release; we are awaiting AstraZeneca. The Russians have Sputnik V and the Chinese have Sinovac. We can be confident now but it is a long time before vaccinations are complete. It may even be 2022 before herd immunity in most countries is achieved. Anthony Fauci, adviser in the US has said, it may be closer to 85% which will be needed for “Herd Immunity”. This article is worth reading: We have the time at present but we must be prepared for that second epidemic – the roll out of what has, is, and will be, happening to the mental health of people throughout our world. This has yet to be encountered horrors in store over time. Let’s be prepared.

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