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  1. In theory though, if a country has a healthier than average population they can be expected to live longer and thus there will be a higher proportion of elderly people. Following this logic, having a less healthy population in itself would not necessarily mean a higher death rate, just that the average age of people dying would be younger. There are so many factors that influence the death rate, from how much testing has been done and how many deaths are being directly attributed to the disease, to the demographics of a population and of course the ability of the health service to cope (which is largely dependent on how many people need treatment at the same time as well as the availability of ventilators).
  2. Folks can watch the game on telly at least. I was thinking it would be cool if there was a way they could mic up the TV viewers then broadcast the noise into the stadium!
  3. This might be worth a watch later tonight. Trump is downplaying the severity of the situation and is said to be "furious with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over briefings given to the public and the resultant drop in the market due to panicking investors". White House spokesman Judd Deere stated, ““Unfortunately what we are seeing today is a political effort by the Left and some in the media to distract and disturb the American people with fearful rhetoric and palace intrigue. The United States economy is the strongest in the world thanks to the leadership and policies of President Trump. The virus remains low risk domestically because of the containment actions taken by this Administration since the first of the year.” Quotes are from the Washington Post. Anyway it kicks off at 11pm.
  4. Me too, wouldn't like to be in their position. Unfortunately this is the risk that anyone travelling abroad at the moment is taking. The concern (from the powers that be) isn't that the people within the quarantine zone might get infected, the concern is that if they aren't quarantined they will likely spread the disease. Hence it's not for their benefit (quite the opposite in fact) it's for everybody else's.
  5. I think the police turned up just so they could move the sign back a few yards lol
  6. Part of the coast path near Swanage has gone too. Two places I know well! Swanage coastal path collapses as Storm Dennis brings wind and rain to Dorset WWW.BOURNEMOUTHECHO.CO.UK PART of the coastal path near Swanage is collapsing as Storm Dennis lashes Dorset this afternoon.
  7. Just found this: Farson Digital Watercams, the world's first network of HD cameras broadcasting live from the UK's and Republic of Ireland's waterways. Farson Digital Watercams - Hi-def webcam on River Avon (Central), at Tewkesbury WWW.FARSONDIGITALWATERCAMS.COM Hi-def webcam at Tewkesbury offering up to the second live imagery on River Avon (Central). With regular river reports from the area, and an extensive archive of... A great resource if you're interested in the spots where flood warnings have been issued.
  8. For my area (east Wiltshire) the forecast is heavy rain from 7pm today right through until Sunday afternoon/evening, bar two hours of drizzle on Saturday morning. 48 hours of continuous rain? Winds are at least 10% down on the forecast for Ciara though (which makes the forecast for this weekend similar to what we got last weekend in terms of actual wind speeds). I'm not sure I can ever remember such a long period of heavy rain on the forecast! Shame it's not snow eh?
  9. Have come across a couple of useful links on other forum, so thought I'd share here. 1. Interview with Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and head of the School’s Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics Harvard expert says coronavirus likely now ‘gathering steam’ NEWS.HARVARD.EDU Harvard’s Marc Lipsitch said evidence indicates that the international cordon keeping coronavirus cases bottled up in China is a leaky one, and it’s likely that... 2. Interesting graphs and timeline. Tableau Public PUBLIC.TABLEAU.COM
  10. It's become increasingly clear how highly contagious this virus is. Spreads through the air, lies on surfaces for a week and people can be asymptomatic for 5 days. I've been following things closely for 3+ weeks now and it gets worse by the day. A pandemic is inevitable, if we are not there already. The WHO and the media (contrary to my initial thoughts) have been behind the curve from the start. It is also telling that the Chinese leadership are doing everything they can to prevent the outside world finding out what is really going on.
  11. Which is equivalent to one year's population growth. https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/world-population-by-year/
  12. Just putting the numbers in perspective.
  13. I'm inclined to agree that this is being blown out of proportion by the media (as usual). Every day in China 700 people die in road accidents for example. List of countries by traffic-related death rate - Wikipedia EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG That's not to say it's still a potentially serious situation.
  14. The accelerating Greenland icemelt isn't really news though. It's the continuation of a trend which has been in evidence for the past 20 years so it won't surprise anyone who follows the science on this. Forty-six years of Greenland Ice Sheet mass balance from 1972 to 2018 WWW.PNAS.ORG We reconstruct the mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet for the past 46 years by comparing glacier ice discharge into the ocean with... In fact virtually every measure of a warming climate from atmospheric CO2 concentration and sea level rise to global temperature readings are accelerating at an ever increasing rate. You can read the latest WMO (World Meteorological Organisation) report right here: The Global Climate in 2015–2019 | E-Library LIBRARY.WMO.INT E-Library.
  15. Hi fellow netweather folks! David King has released his November forecast (link below) and it's an encouraging read for snow lovers, especially if you live in the north east. Just keep an eye out for an abundance of acorns then it's all about the wind direction on 11th November, apparently. Weather Without Technology - Forecasts WWW.WEATHERWITHOUTTECHNOLOGY.CO.UK
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