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All things Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Bruce Monkhouse

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We had CIV HR involved, everything documented. The union fought until the end.
When you pay for a lawyer isn't that what you expect him/her to do?? Think of the Union as just a lawyer, and if things took that long your 'lawyer' [management] sucked huge at their jobs and just kept getting bitch slapped by smarter folk.

Unions don't 'save' jobs, they just ensure people rights are adhered too, follow the proper steps and all the Union can do is negotiate a bit of a parachute. [Union steward for over 30 years]
 

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When you pay for a lawyer isn't that what you expect him/her to do?? Think of the Union as just a lawyer, and if things took that long your 'lawyer' [management] sucked huge at their jobs cared less than their competitor and just kept getting bitch slapped by smarter folk. people who do this as their primary job.
FTFY
 

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When you pay for a lawyer isn't that what you expect him/her to do?? Think of the Union as just a lawyer, and if things took that long your 'lawyer' [management] sucked huge at their jobs and just kept getting bitch slapped by smarter folk.

Unions don't 'save' jobs, they just ensure people rights are adhered too, follow the proper steps and all the Union can do is negotiate a bit of a parachute. [Union steward for over 30 years]

Fair enough. From the other side of the bridge it looked a lot like the union protecting a liability.
 

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Actually you have it totally ass backwards,.......you gotta' get pretty high up in the Union chain before you get paid to do it. In that case folks who's job it is to management got bitch slapped by VOLUNTEERS.
 

Bruce Monkhouse

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Fair enough. From the other side of the bridge it looked a lot like the union protecting a liability.
Oh I know, have gone to several meetings holding my nose, and I know of at least one woman who resigned as a Steward rather then rep another woman who went the other way when staff were attacked on a range.
 

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Unions have a legal duty of fair representation. Everyone should get backed to the extent of ensuring proper due process. Even the shitbirds. If someone is actually terrible, the documentation should easily exist to see them terminated. It just takes time and proper process.
 

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A new study about the neurological effects of Covid was published in The Lancet.

The Coles Notes version.
People who have had COVID-19 face increased risks of neurological and psychiatric conditions like brain fog, psychosis, seizures and dementia up to two years after infection.

The full Lancet article.

Neurological and psychiatric risk trajectories after SARS-CoV-2 infection: an analysis of 2-year retrospective cohort studies including 1 284 437 patients

Findings​

We identified 1 487 712 patients with a recorded diagnosis of COVID-19 during the study period, of whom 1 284 437 (185 748 children, 856 588 adults, and 242 101 older adults; overall mean age 42·5 years [SD 21·9]; 741 806 [57·8%] were female and 542 192 [42·2%] were male) were adequately matched with an equal number of patients with another respiratory infection. The risk trajectories of outcomes after SARS-CoV-2 infection in the whole cohort differed substantially. While most outcomes had HRs significantly greater than 1 after 6 months (with the exception of encephalitis; Guillain-Barré syndrome; nerve, nerve root, and plexus disorder; and parkinsonism), their risk horizons and time to equal incidence varied greatly. Risks of the common psychiatric disorders returned to baseline after 1–2 months (mood disorders at 43 days, anxiety disorders at 58 days) and subsequently reached an equal overall incidence to the matched comparison group (mood disorders at 457 days, anxiety disorders at 417 days). By contrast, risks of cognitive deficit (known as brain fog), dementia, psychotic disorders, and epilepsy or seizures were still increased at the end of the 2-year follow-up period. Post-COVID-19 risk trajectories differed in children compared with adults: in the 6 months after SARS-CoV-2 infection, children were not at an increased risk of mood (HR 1·02 [95% CI 0·94–1·10) or anxiety (1·00 [0·94–1·06]) disorders, but did have an increased risk of cognitive deficit, insomnia, intracranial haemorrhage, ischaemic stroke, nerve, nerve root, and plexus disorders, psychotic disorders, and epilepsy or seizures (HRs ranging from 1·20 [1·09–1·33] to 2·16 [1·46–3·19]). Unlike adults, cognitive deficit in children had a finite risk horizon (75 days) and a finite time to equal incidence (491 days). A sizeable proportion of older adults who received a neurological or psychiatric diagnosis, in either cohort, subsequently died, especially those diagnosed with dementia or epilepsy or seizures. Risk profiles were similar just before versus just after the emergence of the alpha variant (n=47 675 in each cohort). Just after (vs just before) the emergence of the delta variant (n=44 835 in each cohort), increased risks of ischaemic stroke, epilepsy or seizures, cognitive deficit, insomnia, and anxiety disorders were observed, compounded by an increased death rate. With omicron (n=39 845 in each cohort), there was a lower death rate than just before emergence of the variant, but the risks of neurological and psychiatric outcomes remained similar.

Interpretation​

This analysis of 2-year retrospective cohort studies of individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 showed that the increased incidence of mood and anxiety disorders was transient, with no overall excess of these diagnoses compared with other respiratory infections. In contrast, the increased risk of psychotic disorder, cognitive deficit, dementia, and epilepsy or seizures persisted throughout. The differing trajectories suggest a different pathogenesis for these outcomes. Children have a more benign overall profile of psychiatric risk than do adults and older adults, but their sustained higher risk of some diagnoses is of concern. The fact that neurological and psychiatric outcomes were similar during the delta and omicron waves indicates that the burden on the health-care system might continue even with variants that are less severe in other respects. Our findings are relevant to understanding individual-level and population-level risks of neurological and psychiatric disorders after SARS-CoV-2 infection and can help inform our responses to them.
 

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Oh, what a surprise (not)...

Covid-19 death toll is a tragedy and ‘massive global failure at multiple levels,’ Lancet commission says​



The death toll from Covid-19 is “both a profound tragedy and a massive global failure at multiple levels,” the Lancet Covid-19 Commission said in a report Wednesday.

“Too many governments have failed to adhere to basic norms of institutional rationality and transparency, too many people – often influenced by misinformation – have disrespected and protested against basic public health precautions, and the world’s major powers have failed to collaborate to control the pandemic,” the commissioners wrote.
https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/14/health/pandemic-end-in-sight-who/index.html
The World Health Organization says there have been more than 6.4 million Covid-19 deaths reported as of Sunday, but some experts say the actual toll most likely dwarfs the reported number.

The Lancet Commission report is addressed to UN member states, UN agencies and others, including the G20 and G7.

 

Colin Parkinson

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Fair enough. From the other side of the bridge it looked a lot like the union protecting a liability.
The unions are legally required to represent all members equally. Even when the Union Reps think the person is a useless scumbag. My sister was both a Labour Lawyer and Adjudicator in BC. She had to hear a couple of cases where management set up fake unions that the workers had to pay into and then worked against the workers. It was these types of shady practices that led to many of the rules that Unions face. She also heard a lot of cases where Unions mistreated their paid staff, seems some did not like to apply the same rules to themselves.
 

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Oh, what a surprise (not)...

Covid-19 death toll is a tragedy and ‘massive global failure at multiple levels,’ Lancet commission says​



The death toll from Covid-19 is “both a profound tragedy and a massive global failure at multiple levels,” the Lancet Covid-19 Commission said in a report Wednesday.

“Too many governments have failed to adhere to basic norms of institutional rationality and transparency, too many people – often influenced by misinformation – have disrespected and protested against basic public health precautions, and the world’s major powers have failed to collaborate to control the pandemic,” the commissioners wrote.
The end of the pandemic is in sight, WHO director-general says, 'so let's seize this opportunity'
The World Health Organization says there have been more than 6.4 million Covid-19 deaths reported as of Sunday, but some experts say the actual toll most likely dwarfs the reported number.

The Lancet Commission report is addressed to UN member states, UN agencies and others, including the G20 and G7.

So to give an executive summary: we all failed 😄
 

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Oh, what a surprise (not)...

Covid-19 death toll is a tragedy and ‘massive global failure at multiple levels,’ Lancet commission says​



The death toll from Covid-19 is “both a profound tragedy and a massive global failure at multiple levels,” the Lancet Covid-19 Commission said in a report Wednesday.

“Too many governments have failed to adhere to basic norms of institutional rationality and transparency, too many people – often influenced by misinformation – have disrespected and protested against basic public health precautions, and the world’s major powers have failed to collaborate to control the pandemic,” the commissioners wrote.
The end of the pandemic is in sight, WHO director-general says, 'so let's seize this opportunity'
The World Health Organization says there have been more than 6.4 million Covid-19 deaths reported as of Sunday, but some experts say the actual toll most likely dwarfs the reported number.

The Lancet Commission report is addressed to UN member states, UN agencies and others, including the G20 and G7.

Good study…
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Meanwhile, in Scotland:

Life Expectancy in Scotland, 2018-2020​


  • In Scotland in 2018-2020, life expectancy at birth was 76.8 years for males and 81.0 years for females. This is a decrease of around 17.6 weeks (0.3 years) for males and 6.1 weeks (0.1 years) for females since last year’s estimates and represents the biggest annual decrease since the series began.
  • This report describes period life expectancy. This is not a prediction of how long someone will live, but is an indicator which summarises the health of the population at a point in time.
  • Life expectancy in Scotland has increased since the early 1980s but then remained virtually unchanged between 2012-2014 and 2017-2019. In the most recent year it has now dropped below the 2012-2014 figure.
  • COVID-19 deaths accounted for the vast majority of the drop in life expectancy for both males and females. Drug-related deaths also had a negative impact on life expectancy for males.
  • 65 year old males in 2018-2020 could expect to live another 17.5 years whilst 65 year old females had a further 19.8 years of life expectancy.
  • Scotland has the lowest life expectancy at birth of all UK countries. Average life expectancy in the UK was 79.0 years for males and 82.9 years for females. Over the latest year life expectancy has fallen in all UK countries.
  • Female life expectancy at birth was highest in East Renfrewshire (84.0 years) and lowest in Glasgow City (78.3 years).
  • Male life expectancy at birth was highest in Shetland Islands (80.6 years) and lowest in Glasgow City (73.1 years)
  • The majority of Scotland’s council areas have experienced a slow-down or a stall in life expectancy growth since 2012-2014 and many areas now have decreasing life expectancy with Inverclyde, Dundee City and South Ayrshire experiencing some of the biggest decrease.
  • The gap in life expectancy between the most and least deprived areas was 13.5 years for males and 10.2 years for females. This gap has become wider over the past few years growing by 1.3 years for males and 1.6 years for females since 2013-2015.
 

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Oh, what a surprise (not)...

Covid-19 death toll is a tragedy and ‘massive global failure at multiple levels,’ Lancet commission says​



The death toll from Covid-19 is “both a profound tragedy and a massive global failure at multiple levels,” the Lancet Covid-19 Commission said in a report Wednesday.

“Too many governments have failed to adhere to basic norms of institutional rationality and transparency, too many people – often influenced by misinformation – have disrespected and protested against basic public health precautions, and the world’s major powers have failed to collaborate to control the pandemic,” the commissioners wrote.
The end of the pandemic is in sight, WHO director-general says, 'so let's seize this opportunity'
The World Health Organization says there have been more than 6.4 million Covid-19 deaths reported as of Sunday, but some experts say the actual toll most likely dwarfs the reported number.

The Lancet Commission report is addressed to UN member states, UN agencies and others, including the G20 and G7.


Meanwhile....


25,000 a DAY.
 

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Meanwhile, in Scotland:

Life Expectancy in Scotland, 2018-2020​


  • In Scotland in 2018-2020, life expectancy at birth was 76.8 years for males and 81.0 years for females. This is a decrease of around 17.6 weeks (0.3 years) for males and 6.1 weeks (0.1 years) for females since last year’s estimates and represents the biggest annual decrease since the series began.
  • This report describes period life expectancy. This is not a prediction of how long someone will live, but is an indicator which summarises the health of the population at a point in time.
  • Life expectancy in Scotland has increased since the early 1980s but then remained virtually unchanged between 2012-2014 and 2017-2019. In the most recent year it has now dropped below the 2012-2014 figure.
  • COVID-19 deaths accounted for the vast majority of the drop in life expectancy for both males and females. Drug-related deaths also had a negative impact on life expectancy for males.
  • 65 year old males in 2018-2020 could expect to live another 17.5 years whilst 65 year old females had a further 19.8 years of life expectancy.
  • Scotland has the lowest life expectancy at birth of all UK countries. Average life expectancy in the UK was 79.0 years for males and 82.9 years for females. Over the latest year life expectancy has fallen in all UK countries.
  • Female life expectancy at birth was highest in East Renfrewshire (84.0 years) and lowest in Glasgow City (78.3 years).
  • Male life expectancy at birth was highest in Shetland Islands (80.6 years) and lowest in Glasgow City (73.1 years)
  • The majority of Scotland’s council areas have experienced a slow-down or a stall in life expectancy growth since 2012-2014 and many areas now have decreasing life expectancy with Inverclyde, Dundee City and South Ayrshire experiencing some of the biggest decrease.
  • The gap in life expectancy between the most and least deprived areas was 13.5 years for males and 10.2 years for females. This gap has become wider over the past few years growing by 1.3 years for males and 1.6 years for females since 2013-2015.
I’m sure eating deep-fried Mars Bars have nothing to do with this…
 

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I’m sure eating deep-fried Mars Bars have nothing to do with this…

And then there's the 'Glasgow Effect':

Glaswegians have a 30% higher risk of dying before they are 65 (considered a premature death) than people in comparable de-industrialised cities such as Liverpool and Manchester. They die from the big killers: cancer, heart disease and strokes, as well as the “despair diseases” of drugs, alcohol and suicide.

 

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Survey says... ouch

Two Decades of Progress, Nearly Gone: National Math, Reading Scores Hit Historic Lows

The pandemic has smacked American students back to the last century in math and reading achievement, according to the tests known as the Nation’s Report Card.

Results for students who took the test in spring 2022—the first main National Assessment of Educational Progress administration for these grades since the pandemic began—show the biggest drop in math performance in 4th and 8th grades since the testing program began in 1990. In reading, 4th and 8th graders likewise are performing on par with students in the 1990s, and about a third of students in both grades can’t read at even the “basic” achievement level—the lowest level on the test.

Academic declines on NAEP were sweeping, spanning low-income and wealthier students, boys and girls, and most racial or ethnic groups in both subjects and grades.

That made for some achievement gaps changing in unusual ways. For example, from 2019 to 2022, reading performance fell significantly for white 8th graders, but not their Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Native American classmates, leading to smaller racial differences in performance. In 4th grade, Black, Hispanic, white, and Native American students’ average reading scores fell in 2022, while Asian students’ average scores improved, widening the white-Asian performance gap from 7 points in 2019 to 12 points in 2022.

“This is not just nerdy education policy stuff. This is really about the future of young people. The world we’re moving towards is one that requires significantly higher skills to be successful, to live lives of purpose and meaning,” said Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and founder of the education advocacy groups ExcelinEd and Chiefs for Change, in a briefing before the NAEP results were released. “If we allow these learning gaps to grow, and if we allow for the decline in learning to just stand pat ... a lot of dreams are gonna be shattered over the long haul.”


Two Decades of Progress, Nearly Gone: National Math, Reading Scores Hit Historic Lows.
 
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