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Thought I’d start a thread on this as it is hugely significant and has the potential to be an absolute clusterfuck....
So how will it work?
How do they expect (say a 1500 pupil school) to carry out testing on all the kids?
Where will they get the staffing to do this?
What rooms will they use?
Who will do the training?
What happens if a kid tests positive?
How will they manage to test every kid in a 200 year group - each test will take 5 mins I presume? That’s 1000mins (16 hours - nearly 3 school days?)
Surely mass testing just gives a ‘snap shot’ of who has / has not the disease that day - but unless every kid is tested everyday the process and results are effectively useless - other than telling you the incident rate at that point in time.
Also as most cases are asymptomatic - surely this testing program will just discover cases that ‘would not otherwise be discovered’ (not to mention false positives), and as a result cause mass closures/ bubbles sent home?
I’ll stop there.... I just cannot understand it? Any teachers on this site? Or people involved in testing or the policy roll out? What do parents think?
Spare a thought for the poor satirists. Truly they are the real victims of the cruel hand fate has played us.
Two examples of stories I've seen today, which if you came across them under normal circumstances, you would check the date of the article; expecting it to be 1 April.
I don't recall seeing either of these in the main coronavirus thread; and they deserve a thread of their own alongside any other egregious examples spotted in the wild.
1) The Iranian military have announced the invention of a device which can detect coronavirus at a range of up to 100 metres, with 80% accuracy. It looks like tho old golfball detector scam has had new life breathed into it https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/04/17/iran_coronavirus_detector/
2) Richard Branson is going to put up Necker Island as collateral against a bailout loan from the government. This was actually an April Fool's story from Guido Fawkes until someone from Virgin's PR dept saw it and thought, "What a good idea!" https://order-order.com/2020/04/20/branson-pledges-necker-island-bailout-collateral/
My favourite part of Dosbods is the concentration of information, facts and figures posted here.
@Chewing Grass has posted some really useful graphs on infection and mortality rate.
I was thinking a thread of COVID19 graphs, charts and data - all found in one place might enhance our experience?
@Chewing Grass Please repost some of your best data if you could.
Right then...I will start it off....
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