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  1. https://www.facebook.com/utv223/ Give this boy a contact in Facebook, I have it as a back up service and it is good (never let me down)
  2. what is it they say "swing and a miss champ"
  3. Yeah,I just don't understand why there isn't a specific effort being mounted to vaccinate all school employees in the time between now and reopening. I know some on here raised the possibility of other occupations demanding special queue jumping permission, but if schools have been "infection factories" all this time, surely we should be starting this road to normality with as many protections as possible? As much as one poster states that the schools are "infection factories" it is clearly untrue, the graph below shows the period between the October holidays and Christmas where the schools were back full time but the tier system was in place with some area in a lockdown lite. it shows the infection rate falling for the whole period up til around the 21 December when the roughly broke off for Christmas So while schools may contribute a small part to the overall level of infection you could say that it is obviously not the only factor that drives infections. Given the graphs it is therefore possible to have the schools open and control the infection spread with other measures and given now with vaccines available, we would hope, there is less pressure on hospitals.
  4. Ok, but route map needs to make that clear. Surely people and businesses would have a right to be pissed off if they have done right in thier area but can't enjoy the freedoms associated with it because of you neighbours to the north
  5. Also they have said it will be data driven but will it be the same as last year, for example, was it not something like Falkirk area could not be moved down a tier as it was connected to North Lanarkshire were there were higher numbers or where Edinburgh should have been in tier 2 but they were scared everyone from Glasgow would go there shopping. If they say that the measures are data driven then it should be black and white and not there interpretation of the data with caveats included I appreciate that the decisions reached where based in data but they set out guidelines and then set out there own interpretation of the guidelines
  6. Have any of the other parties said that they would do things differently? At a basic level that is. Not on the easing of restrictions but you only have to look at a few posts before this to see that John Swinney's handling of the exams has been called into serious question, bordering on incompetence.
  7. Whilst you are correct that the rates went up after the schools went back there may have been other factors in play if you look at the graph below it shows that after the implementation of circuit breaker and tier 4 restrictions in the Glasgow and surrounding areas, around the school October holidays, that the case levels were actually dropping until the Christmas break when everyone was given the free for all. So while schools may contribute to the overall level of infection you could say that it is obviously not the only factor that drives infections. Given the graphs it is therefore possible to have the schools open and control the infection spread with other measures and given now with vaccines available, we would hope, there is less pressure on hospitals.
  8. I was told that the lateral flow tests can produce false positives so any positive from them needs to be backed up with a positive PCR test. however they are almost 100% accurate in diagnosing negatives
  9. Where have I advocated letting the virus rip, I have said open the schools slowly (P1 - 3 first) monitor for a few weeks and then open some more. This could be in conjunction with some non essential services. This will allow the contract trasers to ensure that any outbreaks are monitored and sources can be identified.
  10. I know your opinion is that schools are some sort of glorified childcare but it does beg the question if you open up those sectors what happens to the kids of the workers? The answer will be that they will be placed with their grandparents which is not ideal in a public health emergency or do you keep the workers with children on furlough and f**k up the countries economy some more?
  11. I put a question mark at the end to start a discussion. What do you think should be opened up first that won't cause this "ramp up" to happen without any risks? Nothing in life is risk free and we have to start somewhere and that is where the 2 governments seems to be hanging their hat on to. I am not trying to sound pissy I genuinely want to know what people believe the sequence of opening up of everything should be?
  12. That may be true but we have to get normality eventually and we know that the virus is going to be around with us for a good while yet. With the vaccines protecting the most at risk and the seasonality figures on the positive cases that look like they are going down, we should look to open up education slowly and it looks like we are starting to with the primary 1 to 3's and older kids with practical lessons rumoured to be the first I for one am fed up with the restrictions and look forward to getting my life back but it needs to start somewhere and I don't know what steps you take first apart from education?
  13. I was not wanting to start any arguments but what got my back up was the reference that just because people saw teenagers without masks outside of the school grounds and out with school time, they naturally assumed that was the case within school. My experience is definitely not the case and I felt I had to defend the procedures that were put in to place as all schools done everything they could just for a lot of people to give them the blame for rising cases
  14. Sorry, typing on my phone and didn't proof read. By the way you missed the full stop at the end of your sentence.
  15. I understand what you are saying but short of falling every pupil around there is not much that can be done. The school canteens are not big enough to house all pupils at once and to stagger all years in to smaller groups would probably need 2 - 3 hours. Sorry to get everyone's back up just wanted to defend the schools procedures as we done everything we could.
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