The Anonymous Widower

Tracking COVID-19 Vaccination Statistics

This post contains COVID-19 vaccination statistics gathered from this page.

First Vaccinations To Date

  • 11th January – 2474205
  • 12th January – 2639309, 165104
  • 13th January – 2918252, 278943
  • 14th January – 3234946, 316694

Second Vaccinations To Date

  • 11th January – 363925
  • 12th January – 428232, 64307
  • 13th January – 437977, 11745
  • 14th January – 443234, 5257

Note.

The first figure is the cumulate and the second figure is the daily increment.

January 13, 2021 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Covid: Large Trial Of New Treatment Begins In UK

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

These are the first three paragraphs.

A large-scale trial of a new treatment it is hoped will help stop Covid-19 patients from developing severe illness has begun in the UK.

The first patient received the treatment at Hull Royal Infirmary on Tuesday afternoon.

It involves inhaling a protein called interferon beta which the body produces when it gets a viral infection.

The product is from Synairgen and I should declare an interest.

When I heard about the company and their plans about six months ago, I made a modest four-figure investment in their shares.

I wrote about my reasons in Coronavirus: Protein Treatment Trial ‘A Breakthrough’

I have been very well rewarded.

January 13, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , | 2 Comments

Inner Eye AI Identifies Tumours To Speed Up Treatment Of Cancer

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on The Times.

This is the introductory paragraph.

A hospital in Cambridge is the first to use artificial intelligence technology developed by Microsoft to treat cancer patients faster, helping to cut the treatment backlog and save lives.

There is only one NHS hospital in Cambridge and that is Addenbrooke’s, who probably saved my life, by diagnosing me as coeliac in 1997.

This paragraph explains the development of the software and how it will be deployed across the NHS.

Inner Eye is the result of an eight-year project with Microsoft and Addenbrooke’s and is being introduced in other NHS trusts. It is easy to access and free to use. When the AI tool is in place, hospitals will be able to use their own data to improve accuracy.

This paragraph sums up the usefulness of the system.

Pat Price, a professor at Imperial College London and chairwoman of Action Radiotherapy, a charity, said: “This is just one brilliant example of the quiet but amazing technological revolution that has unfolded in radiotherapy in recent years and could dramatically improve cancer survival rates.”

It really is amazing how since my wife died of a squamous cell carcinoma of the heart, treatment of cancer has improved.

I can envisage a time, when a rare cancer like that, which killed her in three months, will be survivable!

January 11, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Natural’ Nasal Spray Could Stop Virus Before It Enters The Body

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on The Times.

This is the two introductory paragraphs.

A Canadian nasal spray that has been shown to stop the coronavirus from spreading through the body will begin its first UK clinical trial tomorrow.

The SaNOtize nitric oxide spray is designed to prevent the virus from passing through the nose to the respiratory system. The trial will be run by Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Surrey.

I shall be watching SaNOtize‘s development with interest, as something that could be similar got my life on track!

I am 73 and I was a very sickly child, despite the persistence of the GP, who delivered me, who was the superbly-named Dr. Egerton White, to try and sort out my problems.

I was always, having terms off school with respiratory problems, probably caused by the London smogs of the 1950s. We lived in Southgate and they had as bad smogs as anyone.

In the end, with the connivance of a pharmacist called Halliday, they formulated a nasal spray, that worked. I can still smell it!

My health improved with the Clean Air Act and during University in the seaside city of Liverpool.

Later, I worked for ICI on chemical plants and there was an unfounded story, that the pensions were good, as working on ammonia plants and the like kept you clear of all the viruses going around. But on retirement in all that clear air, you got everything that was going and died soon after leaving work. Hence the pension scheme had more money than it needed.

My health also improved, when at fifty I was diagnosed as a coeliac and went gluten-free.

Now after returning to London after the death of my wife and son to cancer, and suffering a serious stroke, my head is all choked up by the pollution. The Covid-19 lockdown makes it difficult to take the cure, which is a couple of days by the sea. Biarritz, Gdansk and Liverpool work a treat.

Trump Got It Wrong!

Trump was advocating injecting bleach to cure the Covids.

  • Note that bleach is a strong alkali
  • This spray is based on nitric oxide, which when mixed with water forms nitrous acid.
  • Wikipedia says not to mix-up the weak nitrous acid with nitric acid.

So Trumkopf couldn’t tell his alkali from his acid, which surely is a recipe for disaster.

Nitric Oxide

This is part of the introduction in the Wikipedia entry for nitric oxide.

An important intermediate in industrial chemistry, nitric oxide forms in combustion systems and can be generated by lightning in thunderstorms. In mammals, including humans, nitric oxide is a signaling molecule in many physiological and pathological processes. It was proclaimed the “Molecule of the Year” in 1992. The 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded for discovering nitric oxide’s role as a cardiovascular signalling molecule.

I remember a fascinating BBC Horizon program about nitric oxide’s role as a signalling molecule.

  • It started with research done by a veterinary professor at Glasgow University, who believed that after experimenting with penises from dead bulls, concluded that nitrous oxide had something to do with it.
  • But his ideas were so out-of-kilter with established thought, that his research was sidelined at conferences in journals.
  • Reasons like it was a poison and such a simple molecule were given.
  • Then in London, someone who knew of his research, had a patient dying of toxic shock syndrome.
  • He suggested injecting the lady, with large amounts of nitrous oxide, in the hope they could save her life.
  • Her partner agreed.

And as it worked, there was a very happy ending.

 

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January 10, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Two More Life-Saving Covid Drugs Discovered

The title of this post, is the same as this article on the BBC.

With all the reporting of the shenanigans going on with Trump in the United States, this important story seems to have been buried in the news.

This is the first two paragraph of the BBC articles.

Two more life-saving drugs have been found that can cut deaths by a quarter in patients who are sickest with Covid.

The anti-inflammatory medications, given via a drip, save an extra life for every 12 treated, say researchers who have carried out a trial in NHS intensive care units.

The drugs are tocilizumab and sarilumab, which appear to be readily available.

So what was that sore-loser Trump doing?

Certainly nothing to fight the most dangerous pandemic to hit the world for a hundred years.

If he had got to grips with the pandemic in the United States, his name would have gone down in history for all the wrong reasons.

Instead, he’ll be remembered for two words beginning with I; idiot and infamy.

Is There A Link Between Tocilizumab And Coeliac Disease?

I always check new drugs proposed for the covids against coeliac disease, ever since I found that Dexamethazone could be used to treat coeliacs, who couldn’t stick to a gluten-free diet.

I found nothing for sarilumab, but I did find this article for tocilizumab (Actemra), which is entitled Will You Have Celiac Disease With Actemra?.

This is the summary.

Celiac disease is found among people who take Actemra, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old, have been taking the drug for 1 – 6 months.

The phase IV clinical study is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 55,370 people who have side effects when taking Actemra from the FDA, and is updated regularly.

Strange! Like the incorrect American spelling!

 

January 7, 2021 Posted by | Health, World | , , , , , | 5 Comments

Lockdown Scepticism Is Part Of The Brexit Divide

The title of this post, is the same as that of an article on the London School of Economics web site.

It is a must-read article about the views of the British on lock-down.

This is a paragraph.

Additionally, there are indications that lockdown scepticism is becoming increasingly entwined with the Leave/Remain divide that dominates most aspects of British politics. Many pro-Brexit Tory MPs are increasingly critical of the high costs of lockdown on individual freedoms and the economy and have been pushing, both publicly and privately, for easing of the restrictions.

If this view is reflected in the general population, will it increase your chance of Brexiteers getting the Covids, simply because they may be more tempted to break the rules?

January 6, 2021 Posted by | Health, World | , , , , | 4 Comments

Likelihood Of Dying From A Positive Test For The Covids

Bob, one of my mentors on making sense of data always suggested looking at ratios, when you wanted to investigate a database.

These ratios are the chance of dying after a positive test for Covid-19 in various places in the UK, based on Government statistics.

At the moment, the ratios are mainly  from England, but I may expand them with time.

Countries

  • England – 2.8 %
  • Northern Ireland – 1.7 %
  • Scotland – 3.3 %
  • Wales – 2.3 %

Regions

  • London – 2.0 %

London Boroughs

  • Barking and Dagenham – 1.9 %
  • Barnet 2.4 %
  • Bexley – 2,0 %
  • Brent – 3.0 %
  • Bromley – 2.0 %
  • Camden – 1.7 %
  • Croydon – 2.8 %
  • Ealing – 2.1 %
  • Enfield – 10.1 %
  • Greenwich – 1.8 %
  • Hackney – 1.7 %
  • Hammersmith and Fulham – 1.8 %
  • Haringey – 1.8 %
  • Harrow – 2.9 %
  • Havering – 2.8 %
  • Hillingdon – 2.1 %
  • Hounslow – 2.1 %
  • Islington – 1.5 %
  • Kensington and Chelsea – 2.1 %
  • Kingston upon Thames – 2.2 %
  • Lewisham – 2.3 %
  • Merton – 2.5 %
  • Newham – 1.7 %
  • Redbridge – 2.1 %
  • Richmond upon Thames – 2.3 %
  • Southwark – 1.4 %
  • Sutton – 2.2 %
  • Tower Hamlets – 1.1 %
  • Waltham Forest – 1.9 %
  • Wandsworth – 1.9 %
  • Westminster – 2.0 %

Big Cities

  • Belfast – 1.9 %
  • Birmingham 2.8 %
  • Bradford – 2.3 %
  • Bristol – 1.3 %
  • Cardiff – 2.5 %
  • Coventry – 2.3 %
  • Derby – 3.3 %
  • Edinburgh – 3.4 %
  • Glasgow – 3.0 %
  • Hull – 3.1 %
  • Leeds – 2.1 %
  • Leicester – 1.9 %
  • Liverpool – 2.6 %
  • Manchester – 1.9 %
  • Newcastle – 1.8 %
  • Nottingham – 1.9 %
  • Sheffield 2.6 %

Medium-Sized Towns and Cities

  • Blackpool – 4.6 %
  • Bolton – 3.0 %
  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole – 2.4 %
  • Brighton and Hove – 1.9 %
  • Luton – 2.6 %
  • Middlesbrough – 2.8 %
  • Milton Keynes – 2.0 %
  • Peterborough – 2.2 %
  • Plymouth – 2.2 %
  • Portsmouth – 1.8 %
  • Reading – 3.0 %
  • Rotherham – 4.0 %
  • Salford – 2.9 %
  • Southampton 2.1 %
  • Southend-on-Sea – 3.0 %
  • Stoke-on-Trent 3.5 %
  • Stockport – 3.2 %
  • Sunderland – 3.8 %
  • Wakefield – 3.1 %
  • Warrington – 2.8 %
  • Wigan – 3.8 %
  • Wolverhampton – 2.9 %
  • York 2.0 %

English Countryside

  • Bath and North East Somerset – 1.6 %
  • Bedford – 3.7 %
  • Buckinghamshire – 2.3 %
  • Cambridgeshire – 2.6 %
  • Central Bedfordshire – 3.7 %
  • Cheshire – 4.0 %
  • County Durham – 3.5 %
  • Cumbria – 4.1 %
  • Derbyshire – 3.6 %
  • Devon – 3.0 %
  • Dorset – 3.4 %
  • East Riding of Yorkshire – 4.0 %
  • Essex – 2.7 %
  • Gloucestershire – 4.6 %
  • Hampshire – 3.3 %
  • Herefordshire – 7.8 %
  • Hertfordshire – 8.3 %
  • Isle of Wight – 3.4 %
  • Kent – 2.9 %
  • Lancashire – 3.1 %
  • Leicestershire – 2.9 %
  • Lincolnshire – 3.9 %
  • Medway – 2.6 %
  • Norfolk – 3.2 %
  • North Yorkshire – 3.1 %
  • Northamptonshire – 3.7 %
  • Northumberland – 3.6 %
  • Nottinghamshire – 3.0 %
  • Oxfordshire – 2.0 %
  • Redcar and Cleveland – 3.2 %
  • Rutland – 3.3 %
  • Shropshire – 4.0 %
  • Staffordshire – 4.0 %
  • Sussex – 3.0 %
  • Suffolk – 4.9 %
  • Surrey – 2.8 %
  • Torbay – 4.0 %
  • Warwickshire – 3.6 %
  • Windsor and Maidenhead – 2.6 %
  • Worcestershire – 4.0 %

Miscellaneous

  • Cornwall and Isles of Scilly – 2.8 %
  • Highland – 2.7 %
  • Isle of Wight – 3.4 %
  • Orkney Islands – 5.1 %
  • Scottish Borders – 3.8 %
  • Shetland Islands – 4.7 %

Note that all values are rounded to one decimal place.

Conclusions

Can I draw any conclusions from the data.

The Four Countries

The mean for the whole of the UK, is 2.8 %, which is the same as England.

  • Given that England is the largest country, this is not surprising.
  • But why is Scotland at 3.3 % higher than England and Northern Ireland and Wales substantially better than England?

Is this a result of devolution? Or a result of national character?

Town Or Country

Looking at English cities and larger towns, their values seem to be lower than the countryside.

I wonder why this is?

To be continued…

January 5, 2021 Posted by | Health | | 9 Comments

An Encore From The Team That Developed The Covid-19 Vaccine

This article on the Guardian is entitled Team Behind Oxford Covid Jab Start Final Stage Of Malaria Vaccine Trials.

This is the first two paragraphs.

The Oxford team that has produced a successful coronavirus vaccine is about to enter the final stage of human trials in its quest for an inoculation against malaria.

The Jenner Institute director, Prof Adrian Hill, said the malaria vaccine would be tested on 4,800 children in Africa next year after early trials yielded promising results.

This is obviously good news for those, who live in areas affected by malaria, where in Africa a child under five dies every two minutes.

But surely, if the Jenner Institute can crack malaria, they should have the expertise to modify the current Cobid-19 vaccine to handle any new variants.

Conclusion

In my view, this is doubly good news!

January 4, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , , | 3 Comments

Activists Cheer As ‘Sexist’ Tampon Tax Is Scrapped

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

This is the first two paragraphs.

The 5% rate of VAT on sanitary products – referred to as the “tampon tax” – will be abolished in the UK from 1 January.

EU law required members to tax tampons and sanitary towels at 5%, treating period products as non-essential.

My late wife; C had very strong views about this and I suspect that my late mother and my granddaughter would share C’s views.

Is this a glimpse of the future, where when we feel European Union policy is wrong, we can diverge?

It would certainly be a good test of unfair policy by the UK government, if the EU objected and tried to stop us removing the tax.

At least smugglers, who decided to switch from smuggling drugs and other nasties to  sanitary products would be doing something that caused less harm!

January 1, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , , , | 4 Comments

Students Design ‘Mitt’ Prosthetic Limb For Children

The title of this post, is the same as this article on the BBC.

This was the good news story of the day, which started with these two paragraphs.

Even the most up-to-date prosthetic limbs can often be too heavy, or hard for young children to use with ease.

But now, a group of Imperial College engineering students has created a new, lighter one.

There is a video in the BBC article, which shows how it works.

  • It looks like it doesn’t have any power, so there are no heavy batteries.
  • Tools are attached by a powerful magnet.
  • As the name suggests, it is worn like a glove.
  • Judging by the look on the little girl’s face, as she used it to do simple tasks, it has found a satisfied customer!

What puzzles me, is that it is such a simple idea, that it hasn’t been thought off before.

Could The Mitt Have Other Applications?

I have a feeling it could.

I recently cut the back of my hand badly.

The picture shows it soon afterwards.

I don’t work or do many dirty tasks around the house, but could the students use their design principles for someone, who has perhaps damaged their hand and needs some protection.

This second picture shows how well it healed in the end.

I think the principle behind the Mitt has legs.

December 29, 2020 Posted by | Design, Health | , , | 1 Comment