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    Yeah the gf works in medical trials and her opinion is that the tests coming up as positive for C-19 from last year are just false positives. They do happen, and as others have said, the figures for infections and deaths we see are entirely consistent with the virus arriving in Europe in March time.

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    Zero deaths yesterday, for the first time since March.
    It's a real milestone. Would be good to see less than 50 new cases in one day as well, the numbers have been around 55-70 for a few days, with a spike of 115 on one day last week.
    Still haven't seen the impact of the first round of restrictions being lifted, that should be later this week.
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    I think I must be living in your future. With just about 6 confirmed cases in total in May so far, pretty much all is open in Iceland now with the last of the key restrictions now lifted, 2m gone, pubs and gyms open, but the big event was the opening of the swimming pools, long queues outside each pool before midnight on Monday, thousands went for a dip from betweeen midnight to 6am. The pools staying open all night was just a one off event.

    Still, football doesn't begin untin June 5th as per schedule with a league cup competition as a forerunner to the league proper. As it stands now only 200 can attend an event but I'd expect that to be lifted for the football in June..

    The chief epidemiologist said that the severity of symptoms with confirmed cases had been gradually diminishing since feb 28, as if the virus was not as aggressive. Maybe a virus also has a lifespan, just runs its course, peaks and then retreats naturally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geysir View Post
    The chief epidemiologist said that the severity of symptoms with confirmed cases had been gradually diminishing since feb 28, as if the virus was not as aggressive. Maybe a virus also has a lifespan, just runs its course, peaks and then retreats naturally.
    There is a rule of thumb that viruses tend to get less life threatening with time because the mutations that kill you slower spread better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John83 View Post
    There is a rule of thumb that viruses tend to get less life threatening with time because the mutations that kill you slower spread better.
    Which is why our lives have been affected so much more by the rona than they were by ebola. I was reading about the Spanish 'flu a while back, and one of the many theories about why it was so deadly was along these lines.

    In normal times, you get sick with the 'flu. The sicker you are, the more likely you are to stay at home or be bedridden, and the less likely you are to go out and infect people. In WW1, the sicker you were, the more likely you were to be evacuated from the front line on a crowded troop train to a hospital with thousands of others, so there was actually a positive selection pressure on the more aggressive traits of the virus during those times that wouldn't generally be seen.

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    Infection numbers are starting to climb again, just when deaths are starting to drop to almost zero.
    Possibly because it's two weeks since the first round of restrictions were lifted.

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