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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Face mask questions
« on: Friday 15 May 20 18:05 BST (UK)  »
The whole mask issue is very tricky.
At least a tubular, stretchy, t-shirt sleeve face covering can be worn round the neck and slipped up and down as might seem appropriate.

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Face mask questions
« on: Friday 15 May 20 10:46 BST (UK)  »
Yes, it seems to be the case that some fabrics form a better barrier to virus spread than others.
But I 'd guess that simply wearing a face covering at least will send out a signal that one is taking the situation seriously and encourage other folk to keep their distance.
Also, a bit of a boost to confidence as we venture out into the world again.

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: Face mask questions
« on: Thursday 14 May 20 16:35 BST (UK)  »
I made a face covering/ mask following instructions in the Times. Very easy, no sewing, using an old T shirt.
Result was Ok but the strings are a bit of a faff.
Much better I discovered is to cut off the T shirt sleeve, pull it down over your head, wear it round your neck until needed. Then pull it up to your eyes. The stretchy tubular form stays in place easily.
Wearing glasses and maybe 2 layers of sleeve would give better protection.

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The Lighter Side / Re: Unusual First Names
« on: Friday 01 May 20 17:57 BST (UK)  »
Uhtred is the fictional name of the hero of the Netflix series The Last Kingdom. About the invasion of the Vikings and the gradual creation of a united England.
It is meant to be a Viking name, I think, so rather appropriate rhat the name should appear in Suffolk.

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The Lighter Side / Re: Unusual First Names
« on: Thursday 30 April 20 20:16 BST (UK)  »
I have probably already contributed my greatgrandmother's name  to this or a similar thread. We have recently by chance solved the mystery of her unusual name, or so we believe
She was Hosetta Wimpenny, born Holmfirth West Yorks, mid 1800's. No named father, mother unm'd.
Hosetta is a  so very unusual, even unique name that it had always puzzled us.
Until a relative on the female line, had a dna test, and found traces of Iberian/Spanish ancestry, in an otherwise entirely North European profile.
Lightbulb moment!  Hosetta, the Spanish pronunciation of Josetta, little girl of Jose.
Still seeking our Spanish greatgrandfather, though. Jose, certainly, but who and why was he, apparently fleetingly, in the Holme Valley?

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: When to go to hospital
« on: Sunday 19 April 20 15:26 BST (UK)  »
Yes, Exactly. I do agree.
Though getting oxygen to stay alive seems like treatment to me.
Getting access to oxygen to stay alive should be available to us all.
Am currently trying to compare UK systems of dealing with the virus with those of other developed countries. That should enable us to check if our system is serving us well or, despite everyones efforts and good intentions, preventing us from getting timely medical, life-saving interventions.

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: When to go to hospital
« on: Sunday 19 April 20 14:38 BST (UK)  »
I absolutely agree that the best plan is to avoid getting the virus in the first place. And we are all working hard on this.
But I still think that some thought should be given to how to ensure that one gets access to the best treatment as soon as possible.
If ill people got immediate access to medical treatment, there would perhaps not be so many fatalities.
I still have the uneasy feeling that the screening/advice/111 criteria are standing in the way of folk getting expert help.
One needs to be proactive in an extreme situation, not a compliant victim. Insist on getting hospital treatment.
Despite all the heroic efforts of our nhs workers in the UK, we seem to not be doing too well compared to other cou tries. ( though of course the "statistics game" is always open to closer scrutiny)
I would like to see far more people sent for specialist treatment in good time, rather being advised to stay at home, inexpertly cared for, until their condition worsens beyond salvation.

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: When to go to hospital
« on: Sunday 19 April 20 12:43 BST (UK)  »
Really reassuring to hear good NHS stories.
I think everyone should have a Plan of what to do, where to go, who to contact in case of need.

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The Stay Safe Board / Re: When to go to hospital
« on: Saturday 18 April 20 18:30 BST (UK)  »
Avm, can I ask if the home blood oxygen monitor which you mention is the same as the ones which can be bought on Amazon? Or is it a special kind provided by the hospital or doctor?
Am just thinking that that an oxygem measurement taken at home would be a useful tool in determining if someone needs hospitalisation: a high temperature and low blood oxygen couldn't be argued with by 111.

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