The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #167504   Message #4131874
Posted By: Steve Shaw
10-Jan-22 - 07:27 PM
Thread Name: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
You now have to download a "collection code" in order to pick up the test kits from any pharmacy. Each box now contains 20 lateral flow (rapid) test kits and we're allowed one box per household. Still free of charge. We're recommended to test ourselves at home two or three times a week. Every day for a week if we think we've been in contact with an infected person.

There's beginning to be a general feeling of cautious optimism here. The infection rate is high but flatlining and hospital admissions haven't rocketed. The vast majority of hospital admissions are unvaccinated people. Staff absences in hospitals, schools and the care sector are still a huge worry. Many people who are ready to leave hospital can't be discharged because the care sector can't look after them. The general recognition is that omicron is mild and is now passing its worst peak, and that further restrictions won't be necessary. Negative again for me this morning. I'm permanently a bit chesty but I don't worry about things any more. The jabs and the testing are doing the job. I have to wear a mask even when I know I'm no threat to anybody. Bloody annoying is that, but hey ho.