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  1. It's all automated, no need for court hearings and it won't affect waiting lists. All the utility companies are members of the County Court Bulk Centre (CCBC) - they just send an electronic data file to CCBC each day with the names and addresses of people who haven't paid, and the CCBC system automatically prints and pops a claim form in the post for each of them. 14 days later if the Claim hasn't been paid or defended then CCBC prints out a Judgment and also automatically sends a data file to Registry Trust to pass on to the credit reference agencies.

  2. Hmm sounds like the campaign should include opting out of paperless.

  3. That's a good idea. Also, if you opt out of direct debit, pay the bill in lots of small payments, would that hurt them? They have to pay a card handling fee on each payment right? Especially for credit card (which my provider accepts).

  4. New variant BA4.6 appears to have a fitness advantage over BA.5. Still small proportion nationally but local hotspots e.g. in Cheshire is 25% of samples. Per

  5. Press release from this year's Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. Starts:

  6. Another study tieing covid-19 to T cell dysfunction and exhaustion. Excerpt:

  7. Recent Polish/Italian paper (not preprint) in Frontiers of Immunology that connects long covid with T cell dysregulation. Excerpt:

  8. Manufacturer of the Jynneos vaccine gets expedited approvals of its new manufacturing facility. Previously it was using contract manufacturing. Hopefully this will help ramp up production more quickly.

  9. I think for both this and the ONS it’s now simply a case of wanting this as low as possible before winter arrives. Whatever the size or shape it takes, starting from as low as possible a base will help wonders.

  10. The school holidays must surely drive it lower than the most recent local minimum. If that doesn't happen, it would be a very bad sign.

  11. I'll go with Betteridge's law on this one

  12. Betteridge's Law inapplicable to the source document, there is no question mark in this statement:

  13. Fair summary. I swear to god, if the current generation of public health experts had been around in the 70s, smallpox would have never been eradicated. We'd still be "living with it". They'd tweet a lot about how that's ok though.

  14. There is a "constellation" of "wild" Delta/Omicron recombinants brewing in S Africa and normally unflappable/sanguine experts like Imperial's Tom Peacock and Scripps's K Andersen don't like it.

  15. As always, it seems people forget the difference between causation and correlation.

  16. Note recent research indicates BA.5 has a significantly higher hospitalization rate than BA.2.

  17. Both the inews and the BBC reports and their headlines don't match what the actual research paper (a pre-print, again, not yet reviewed) says.

  18. The authors of the Imperial/Cedars Sinai (Swedish, American) covid super-antigen hypothesis have given their reaction. They are not convinced by this new hypothesis:

  19. Vaccines and antivirals are inevitably going to become more available, though regrettably not as quickly as would be ideal. There are definitely going to be more cases of this virus. Probably a lot of them. And I understand people in this sub are scared and traumatized from the past 3 years, but this still does not have the potential to be a super pandemic on the scale of COVID 19.

  20. The fact remains that MPX cases are not growing at anywhere near the rate of COVID. Cases remain almost entirely within one group of people (and no, inadequate testing does not even come close to explaining that degree of disparity)...It's very clear that this disease is spread primarily through close physical contact, and is far more difficult to catch than a highly infectious respiratory virus like COVID-19. Literally -every- virologist and epidemiologist I have found is saying this. That doesn't mean that this disease is not a public health concern. It is. But it is not "COVID part 2" as it is clearly not sustaining itself outside of specific close-physical-contact defined social networks. Though I'm sure this comment will be downvoted as it doesn't parrot the alarmism being spouted by the majority of this sub, who seem to think they know more than people who actually study infectious diseases. 🙃

  21. An employment lawyer puts some context around the recent Burke v Turning Point Scotland tribunal decision on long covid. Excerpt:

  22. https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/coronaviruscovid19infectionsurveypilot/22july2022

  23. You need to be pcr positive then call 111

  24. When my husband got covid he has copd that’s what we had to do. Maybe things have changed then , this was back in April. We got the positive test and then a doctor called us .

  25. Yes so he qualified under the condition "you're in the highest risk group". Question is whether NHS will decide this applies to OP's friend.

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