COVID-19: Non-Medical Effects (Responses; Disruptions; Etc.)

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If I didn't love the Mrs so much right now? .. sorry but I can't help thinking that now would be the best time to knock on some attractive week 12 lockdown female neighbours door and .. well ..

She'll laugh when she reads this .. hopefully .. the Mrs that is ..
 

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If I didn't love the Mrs so much right now? .. sorry but I can't help thinking that now would be the best time to knock on some attractive week 12 lockdown female neighbours door and .. well ..
And what? ... Find the neighbour lass dead these past days or weeks? ... It's been happening, you know ...
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UK coronavirus victims have lain undetected at home for two weeks

Doctors say there have been dozens of cases and warn of ‘epidemic of loneliness’

People have died at home alone of Covid-19 during the pandemic and not been found for up to two weeks, doctors who have investigated such deaths have said.

They have only been discovered after a relative, friend or neighbour raised the alarm and have in many cases gone undetected for so long that their body has started to decompose. ...

Campaigners for the elderly said the phenomenon highlighted the vulnerability of isolated older people living on their own with little family support and the risks being run by the large numbers of patients who have avoided hospitals and GP surgeries in recent months through fear of coronavirus.

“People have lain undiscovered during the pandemic for seven to 14 days,” said Dr Mike Osborn, a senior pathologist in London and the chair of the death investigation committee at the Royal College of Pathologists.

“I’ve seen plenty of such cases like this, where bodies are decomposed, in the Covid outbreak and also done postmortems in ‘query Covid’ cases [where the disease was suspected].”

The decomposition makes identifying the exact cause of death difficult, Osborne stressed. However, despite this, he was able to establish that some such deaths were as a result of Covid-19.

Doctors believe that several dozen such cases occurred in London during March, April and May.

During the pandemic doctors have certified the deaths of 700 people who lived at home in London, with or without relatives. Medics involved in ascertaining the cause of these deaths say that in many cases they have either confirmed coronavirus as the cause or judged that, combined with underlying poor health, it was likely to have contributed or resulted in the person’s death

“We always feared that a number of older people would be found dead alone at home, either victims of the virus or of something else, and it is extremely sad to find that this is indeed the case,” said Caroline Abrahams, the charity director of Age UK. ...

It is not known how many people have died alone at home and not been found. However, all such cases have been referred to the local coroner, and inquests will happen in the months ahead.

Doctors say that while most of such cases involved older people living alone, in others the person who died had mental health problems, such as schizophrenia or depression, or had severe learning disabilities. Some are also thought to have used drugs, alcohol or both. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...ms-have-lain-undetected-at-home-for-two-weeks
 

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The young women with open wound looking lacerations on her face who wandered in and out of our store with a strange serene smile who refused any help from me wasn't a highlight of 2020 either in the middle of all of this crap. I hope she's OK but I doubt it. I told Skargy about this at the time.
 
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The young women with open wound looking lacerations on her face who wandered in and out of our store with a strange serene smile who refused any help from me wasn't a highlight of 2020 either in the middle of all of this crap. I hope she's OK but I doubt it. I told Skargy about this at the time.
No disrespect intended to anyone...
Mentally ill self-harmer, perhaps? Probably on meds, hence the happy smile.
Usually, people do it to their arms, not their face.
 

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I started back at my downtown office yesterday (first time since mid-March). Our office staff has supposedly been split in half (red team/blue team) but, instead of 50% of the people showing up, it seems more like 5-10%. I don't think it's because people are particularly fearful. Rather, I think it is because people have gotten used to working from home and have found ways to be productive in that setting. Of course, all the requisite temperature-taking and mask-wearing isn't generating much excitement for a return either.

The situation hasn't been helped with all of the protests/disturbances going on in many large US cities in recent days. None of those activities have occurred near our offices, but it is yet another excuse for people to stay tucked-in at home. Not sure, at this point, if some businesses will ever look the same.
 

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No disrespect intended to anyone...
Mentally ill self-harmer, perhaps? Probably on meds, hence the happy smile.
Usually, people do it to their arms, not their face.
She might also be a nutter yes .. later stages of dwarfism that causes her to fall over because of her hips (I already knew her) .. not sure what her face lacerations were about .. she just sort of 'glided' through the chaos like that girl wearing that red dress in Schindler's List ...not fun to watch .. I hope she's OK now .. fuck knows? ..
 

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I found this in a comment section elsewhere. In a UK's mainstream heavyweight newspaper's site.

The economy and the systems that operate within it are incredibly delicate.

Just look back to the time 5 years ago when there was a possibility of a fuel shortage and the transport minister suggested we all put an extra 20 litres in our tanks. The fuel was not in the system to do that and the supply chain completely collapsed.

What is happening now is the same on an epic scale. The finely balanced interlocking networks of life - such as parents at work, children at school - have been displaced by inept directives from fumbling government departments in the deluded belief that they can somehow replicate normal life.

This is going to get more and more ugly.
That reflects my feelings. You can easily stop an (analogue) clock by pouring treacle in it. It's quite hard to get it ticking again.
 

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Here's an arguably unexpected ripple effect of the COVID-19 pandemic ... It's a "non-medical" (economic) side-effect peculiar to the healthcare industry / sector itself.

This article describes healthcare industry traffic reductions and revenue losses during the first 4 months of this year in the USA.
During COVID-19 Pandemic Healthcare Professional Revenue Fell Nearly 50% Across Nation

Oral surgery and gastroenterology decline the most of specialties studied, per fair health’s third COVID-19 report, ‘Healthcare professionals and the impact of COVID-19: A comparative study of revenue and utilization’.

In April 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare professional services declined 68 percent in utilization and 48 percent in revenue based on total estimated in-network amounts compared to April 2019 nationally. In the Northeast, the region hit hardest at that time by the pandemic, professionals experienced particularly sharp drops in utilization (80 percent) and revenue (79 percent) in April 2020. These are among the findings of FAIR Health’s third COVID-19 study, Healthcare Professionals and the Impact of COVID-19: A Comparative Study of Revenue and Utilization.

During March and April 2020, deferral of elective procedures and many routine in-person medical visits imposed a financial burden on healthcare providers and caused changes to their practices, such as a new emphasis on telehealth. To study these issues, FAIR Health drew on its repository of private claims data to analyze, on a monthly basis, changes in utilization and estimated in-network reimbursement amounts for professionals in the first four months of 2020 as compared to the same months in 2019 (adjusted by Consumer Price Index). The second part of the study focused on seven specialties: cardiology, dermatology, oral surgery, gastroenterology, orthopedics, pediatric primary care and adult primary care. For each specialty, FAIR Health analyzed changes in utilization and estimated in-network reimbursement amounts in the first four months of 2020 as compared to the same months in 2019, as well as changes in the five most common procedures in the first four months of 2020. Among the findings:

Of specialties studied, oral surgery had the largest decreases in utilization and revenue in both March and April 2020. In March 2020, oral surgery utilization declined by 80 percent, and revenue based on total estimated in-network amounts dropped 84 percent; in April 2020, oral surgery utilization declined 81 percent and revenue 92 percent. Gastroenterology had the second largest decreases in all four categories.

Of specialties studied, pediatric primary care had the smallest decreases in three of four categories: March 2020 utilization (52 percent), April 2020 utilization (32 percent) and April revenue based on total estimated in-network amounts (35 percent). Adult primary care had the smallest decrease in March 2020 revenue (47 percent).

Comparing March 2019 to March 2020, utilization of professional services decreased 65 percent and professional revenue based on total estimated in-network amounts decreased 45 percent. In the Northeast, comparing March 2019 to March 2020, utilization of professional services fell 60 percent and revenue based on total estimated in-network amounts declined 55 percent.

Across many specialties from January to April 2020, office or other outpatient evaluation and management (E&M) visits became more common relative to other procedures, both by utilization and total estimated in-network amounts. This may have been due in part to the fact that many of these E&M services could be rendered via telehealth, whereas certain other procedures that became less common required in-person visits.

In oral surgery, a procedure specifically for telehealth—telephone E&M by a physician or other qualified healthcare professional, 11-20 minutes (CPT® 99442)—climbed from number 131 in utilization in January 2020 to number 1 in April 2020.

Total knee replacement (CPT 27447) and total hip replacement (CPT 27130) ranked high in the orthopedic top five procedures by total estimated in-network amounts in January 2020. They fell out of the top five by April 2020.

For pediatric patients 0-4 years of age, there was little change in preventive care visits from March-April 2019 to March-April 2020, whether from the standpoint of utilization or of revenue based on total estimated in-network amounts. Decreases in these months were much greater for preventive care visits for older pediatric patients (5-17 years of age) and adults (18 and older). ...
FULL STORY: https://scitechdaily.com/during-cov...ssional-revenue-fell-nearly-50-across-nation/

LINK (TO ACTUAL STUDY REPORT; PDF Format) available at the online article cited above.
 

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Here's an arguably unexpected ripple effect of the COVID-19 pandemic ... It's a "non-medical" (economic) side-effect peculiar to the healthcare industry / sector itself.

This article describes healthcare industry traffic reductions and revenue losses during the first 4 months of this year in the USA.


FULL STORY: https://scitechdaily.com/during-cov...ssional-revenue-fell-nearly-50-across-nation/

LINK (TO ACTUAL STUDY REPORT; PDF Format) available at the online article cited above.
A paramedic (UK) expressed similar concerns to me on the 20th last month .. along the lines of "A&E is mostly empty because the government keeps telling everyone to stop calling us! ... and I wish people would stop giving us free stuff! .. I'm very well paid?" (her words, not mine) .. and not over the internet ..
 

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If I didn't love the Mrs so much right now? .. sorry but I can't help thinking that now would be the best time to knock on some attractive week 12 lockdown female neighbours door and .. well ..

She'll laugh when she reads this .. hopefully .. the Mrs that is ..
Given that most of the females I know 18-70 have all stopped shaving areas, wearing bras, dyeing hair or basically giving a flying fidget about all that stuff, I hope you like your hot stuff 'Razzle Reader's Wives of 1975'-style! :rollingw:
 

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Sorry, why is Coronavirus hammering the publishing industry in particular?

I should have thought that it would be much more resilient than many others.

Have a missed something?
 

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Maybe several reasons.
A lot of shops have been shut.
People aren't going out so much, and if they are, they're not browsing the magazines.
There have been issues with distribution which have affected peoples subs so maybe haven't renewed when it's come up.
There's possibly staffing issues with with both production and printing?
Lot's of people being stuck at home means they've taken to downloading stuff to read instead?
 

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Sorry, why is Coronavirus hammering the publishing industry in particular?

I should have thought that it would be much more resilient than many others.

Have a missed something?
One reason
With the nation on lockdown and advertisers pulling budgets as businesses grind to a halt, magazine and newspaper publishers have been financially hammered. Enders Analysis estimates that UK magazine publishers will lose £200m in advertising spend and £52m in copy sales due to the impact of the coronavirus.

Although when lockdown first hit, Magazine Subscriptions popped up right on amazon's front page. I'd never seen that before.

And I suppose just like many things, they were struggling before, then had self isolating staff, plus less to write about if nothings happening. Though I would've thought The Week and Minecraft mag would be fine for content?

Perhaps all the printing emporiums are shut. Paper shortage?


But guys, you're missing it. Of all the magazines they publish, Fortean Times was one they mentioned!
 

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My newsagent closed for about 2 months. I was VERY glad when it opened up again recently! Of course I have missed what came out in that time.
 

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Sorry, why is Coronavirus hammering the publishing industry in particular?

I should have thought that it would be much more resilient than many others.

Have a missed something?
When I’ve been out, it’s mostly to Sainsbury’s and M&S. More specialist newsagents simply aren‘t open and the local corner shops have a very limited selection mostly amounting to newspapers.
That said, I’ve hardly seen anyone browsing the magazines at Sainsbury’s or a mag in someone’s trolley. Let’s not forget that for a lot of families, the household budget is taking a hit too. You’d think newspapers are pretty cheap but I think they’re overpriced considering it amounts to an opportunity to read someone else’s opinion rather than delving into impartial news.
 

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I don't think it's as simple as that.
No, I suppose I should give them the benefit of the doubt, but it comes to something when the drug dealers are most responsible.
 

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No, I suppose I should give them the benefit of the doubt, but it comes to something when the drug dealers are most responsible.
Like it or not, drug cartels aren't operating just to promote drugs per se - they're operating to exploit huge profit margins without the burdens of taxation. They're business enterprises.

Using their capabilities to furnish and market medications represents an adaptation to a different product supply chain that offers better prospective profits under the current conditions.
 

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No, I suppose I should give them the benefit of the doubt, but it comes to something when the drug dealers are most responsible.
Agreed - unlike a lot of big businesses, they appear to be actually concerned about the welfare of their clients and workers during this outbreak rather than just the shareholders.
 

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Isn't it all about control? Terrorising your population entirely is risky since it could result in an uprising whereas no-one would rise up against someone who paid for your auntie Ethel's ventilator. It also gains you a certain amount of sympathy from people in other countries who talk about what a great guy you were really. Handy if you should ever need to escape somewhere else.
 
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