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  1. Hermes are godawful as a company. Local drivers can be a godsend, some of them go above and beyond what they ever should over here. Just see Joe Lycett's points on Hermes, or their customer satisfaction ratings.
  2. I've been with RescueMyCar for a number of years. I think it cost me £39 for the year for any vehicle this year. Covers me all over the UK and IOM, with nationwide recovery. Most importantly, it'll cover me for any vehicle I'm driving or passenger of. I've used it once a couple of years ago and it was simply contracted out to someone nearby.
  3. Try asking for a wireless, that'll probably confuse some too.
  4. No it doesn't. Let's ask the authors of DANMASK, shall we? https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M20-6817 The below quote describes further comments from the authors. I've highlighted the bits in bold for you, to make your life easier. An interesting editorial on the DANMASK study also points out the following shortcomings: https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M20-7499 The study was the best they could do at the time, but there are quite a few shortcomings in the context and timing. For example, the study also refers to the fact that masks were not being mandated at the time, and for a significant proportion of the study, Denmark was in lockdown. If prevalence and transmission are low, you're therefore trying to measure something even smaller. As a result, Danmask may be best described as a reference point for a worst case scenario where the majority of people are coming into contact with non-masked infected individuals. At which point, the data still shows some affordance of protection. Have you read the Bangladeshi paper? The interventions were actually measured, it wasn't simply, as you put it, giving masks to some villagers and seeing what happens.
  5. Yes there is. https://www.poverty-action.org/publication/impact-community-masking-covid-19-cluster-randomized-trial-bangladesh From the author in an article about the study: https://theconversation.com/evidence-shows-that-yes-masks-prevent-covid-19-and-surgical-masks-are-the-way-to-go-167963 The Denmark study is NOT your panacea against mask wearing, the only conclusion it drew was inconclusive. It paid no attention to how mask wearing impacts transmission, and suggests likely benefit to the wearer. From the BMJ on the topic: https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m4586 You can also look back at the relative impact of different measures with clever stats. https://www.ajtmh.org/view/journals/tpmd/103/6/article-p2400.xml
  6. In England, the number of house fires has nearly halved in the last 20 years. The number of cars licensed on the other hand has been increasing across the UK. Assuming therefore that the risk of house fires is lower, which with safer electrical supplies for starters, is perfectly plausible, then you'd expect them to be attending fewer house fires than before. Or, maybe cars prevent house fires, depending on how you decide to interpret the data.
  7. Ah, but the scientific paper I cited earlier suggests that actually, more sick pay means fewer COVID cases. How does that one work?
  8. Are you a teacher? You seem to know an awful lot about them. And really don't seem to like your colleagues if so.
  9. You said 'only people who get sick pay get sick enough to be off'. Therefore, you could quite simply deduce your beliefs would be that more sick pay means more people 'getting ill'. I simply pointed out you'd be wrong, and cited my sources.
  10. There is scientific evidence that pre-vaccination, sick pay actually dropped infection rates. Make of that what you will. https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/full/10.1377/hlthaff.2020.00863
  11. They should really be able to fine the people cutting about in thick fog with no lights on. When you see how many bangers are over here too, you dread to think how they'd handle or stop in bad conditions. A couple of local garages like to post up the scary things they see on cars that come into them, from bald tyres to split brake lines.
  12. Could you possibly explain how asking a few mates and your mum makes for a scientific basis? Genuinely intrigued, because if you're onto something here, you could save the world billions in science and research.
  13. There is flu, you can find that lineages of it have been significantly hampered by COVID precautions, but it's still out there. The paper here discussed how much that impact has been. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41579-021-00642-4
  14. Yeah, nowhere to be found. Front page of BBC news? Front page of the Guardian Front page of Sky News?
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