Archive for July, 2021

Too Good For Its Own Good!

Saturday, July 24th, 2021

Too Good for its own good!

OK, so the NHS Test ‘n’ Trace Pingymabob App, first brought in to enable close contacts of Coronavirus positive folks to be hunted down and ‘invited’ to self-isolate seems to have led to a ‘pingdemic’, with tons of people now being off work due to getting the ‘ping of death’ from the App.
This rapidly growing void in the workforce culminating in bare supermarket shelves, tumbleweed-filled roads, and, beer-less music festivals has prompted swift action by the UK government, as a result, an extensive list of ‘key workers’ have now been identified who can completely ignore the ‘ping’ and simply go on as normal.
This ‘light pruning’ of the Coronavirus guidance should help to keep key areas such as emergency workers, transport, and, factory staff running. However, they all need to have been double-jabbed, and must be tested daily for Covid-19.
But I think this is the way we’re heading anyway – daily testing for all at very reasonable rates, combined with weekly jabs for newly-emerging, and top ups for current covid variants. Worry not, I’m sure we’ll all get used to it… eventually!

© Willow Science 2021

Evolution: Survival of the Fittest!

Saturday, July 24th, 2021

So, 14.5 billion years ago was the Big Bang… 10 billion years later our Solar System formed. Life began in a pool of primordial ooze… the dinosaurs came, lived, got squished by an asteroid, leaving the way clear for mammals to thrive. Humans then arrived, killed off most thriving mammals, polluted the atmosphere, and, formed an extensive ring of space junk around the planet. Yet, after all this the dozy humans aren’t quite finished yet as evolution has finally brung us to… wait for it… yes, the deep fried Creme Egg. Seriously, at this rate there’s no hope for us ever surviving long enough for us to see a zombie apocalypse!

© Willow Science 2021

Weather News

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

OMG - it’s gettin soooo hot in the UK right now, that the Met Office (the weather folks) have now invented a new ‘weather warning’ for heat. This one (an amber alert) is basically sayin that it’s cooking by day… and cooking by night as the temperature is not expected to drop all that much during the overnight period. Also, roads and rails may melt, and don’t be surprised if the floor turns to lava! Here in our area (NW England) we aren’t included in this warning - it’s just central, SE England & S. Wales. For today anyway, as I wouldn’t be surprised to see this area of warning being expanded especially since the high-pressure situation the UK is currently experiencing is forecast to continue for a few days yet. Over this period, the wind will be light, and with thunderstorms expected in some areas, this could be bad news as they won’t be moved on all that quickly thus giving the possibility of some localised flooding.

© Willow Science 2021

Coronavirus – Is the UK moving forward?

Monday, July 19th, 2021

So, there we have it, the latest word from the government is that although the number of cases of Coronavirus in the UK is whizzing up, and has been doing so for a week or 2 now, the cases of hospital admissions due to the virus, and related deaths although creeping up, are nowhere near the levels we saw with the first 2 waves of Coronavirus.
This is good news, with politicians attributing this apparent breaking of the link of Coronavirus cases to serious disease and death to the successful rollout of the various Covid-19 vaccines that have so far been given to folks – quite a lot of folks in fact.
Now, I’m not going to get into the ‘should ye, shouldn’t ye have the Covid-19 vaccine’ debate here, as for me, it’s for everyone to make up their own informed minds about the situation. The only thing is to have a good nose-over all the scientific data that’s available.
However, you having been jabbed doesn’t necessary mean that you’re out of the woods as it’s possible to get re-infected with the virus, and also, with newer variants popping up now and again. So, to help handle this, booster jabs may also be required not only to help you deal better with these new variants, but also, to ‘top up’ your immunity to variants you’ve already been jabbed against. Coronavirus is a tricky little scamp that’s prone to developing mutations all along its genome – most of which will prolly make the virus non-viable (basically, it gets killed off), whereas some mutations will make the virus more evil and much more prone to be able to avoid the human immune system, be passed around easier, or, cause serious disease.
As most Covid restrictions have now been lifted in England, there’s the real fear that Covid-19 cases are gonna go astronomical as folks are now free to mingle ‘n’ mooch like it’s 1999, with the need to wear face coverings, and to social distance being legally binned off, it is now up to the people to decide for themselves how they proceed in the coming days and weeks. But early (very early) indications seem to be that most folks are quite happy to just continue much as we’ve been during for the last 15 months or so. Only time will tell what happens here.

© Willow Science 2021