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    Players that underachieved or what could have been

    Dwight Yorke too. He was on his way down when he signed. He was in his prime at Man U, and showed it. Dahlin knackered his back about a week into his stint. Grabbi?
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    Coronavirus

    Some US politicians are trying. Trump tried to get China virus to stick but it didn't. Pompeo, the secretary of state (foreign sec. equivalent), nixed a G7 statement as he wanted it named "Wuhan virus" rather than COVD-19. What is becoming clearer is that China's death toll is much higher than they are reporting.
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    Coronavirus

    Not a dig at you, just using your post to quote from. What would have been the best option? Start testing everybody in January and isolate as known cases pick up. Ban all people coming in from China whether directly or via an alternate route. Scale up production of PPE and hospital equipment readying for a glut of patients. Issue a lockdown earlier.
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    Coronavirus

    It's an absolute scandal. Masks stop the spread of germs. Not 100% but will reduce what is in the air. Governments, hospitals, clinics, and suppliers didn't have enough so give out to front line workers never mind the general public so the authorities issued guidelines that were wrong but would buy them some time to at least scrimp up enough for healthcare staff. Now that production of said equipment has been ramped up there is more available hence the "oh, it's probably a good idea that everybody wears them whenever the venture out".
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    Coronavirus

    Although I think that the article is a bit selfish I understand his point. Scientific experts only look at the science. Their goal is to preserve life so that's what they advocate for. Clever people are getting together all across the globe trying to figure out the most optimal solution whilst working with imperfect information from various sources. Whatever the country my take is that as soon as the modelling lines up cases and the needed extra capacity for hospital beds and ventilators to manage a peak restrictions will be eased so that the economy can start again. In theory if 50,000 more beds and 50,000 ventilators is deemed as peak need and those will be available on date x, then that date will be when things start moving.
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    Coronavirus

    A sizable portion of his party's voters would probably commit hari kari if Trump told them to. He is an excellent salesman but a horrible governor.
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    Coronavirus

    There are plenty of stories being reported over here on how hospitals - driven by their management, and various governing bodies are behaving toward medical professionals. Some of it is downright dirty, and when it all shakes out heads should roll and a reckoning needs to occur. Due to a national shortage of PPE (personal protective equipment - masks et al.) policies are being rewritten left and right to justify why doctors, nurses, and hospital ancillary staff can work without the necessary safety measures in place. Nurses have been threatened with being fired for protesting being hung out to dry as a result of policy changes, doctors have been told to take off masks that they bought themselves as they weren't vetted by the hospital although they are perfectly acceptable. All because Trump dithered. Yesterday Trump finally initiated the defence production act which forces companies to manufacture what the government wants, Car companies are going to switch to making ventilators. He could have done it weeks ago but didn't. I predict that as soon as there are enough ventilators to give out to the 15% who will need them America will be back up and running again. The justification will be that capacity is available therefore let's go. New York is building 5 temporary hospitals to cope. Other states are getting fed up with New Yorkers fleeing. Florida is blaming its virus spread on people from there. Rhode Island has set up motorway checkpoints that are stopping any car with New York plates. How that is legal I don't know. New Orleans will be next. Cases are flying up there. Driven by Mardi Gras last month. Part of Bergamo's issue was their team's Champs League tie against Valencia. They moved the game to the San Siro in Milan. 40,000 from Bergamo went, and brought the virus back with them.
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    Rovers best ever Premier League 11

    He really was. He had 16 league goals by December of his first season with Rovers then did his knee. Luckily that one didn't slow him down, probably because he was still young. When he did come back in 1993 he went straight back to banging them in. I reckon that injury cost England a place at the 1994 World Cup. Without him England had to rely on a bunch of nearly men up front.
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    Coronavirus

    That's the biggest problem with this virus. The vast majority who do get it will be fine, but it's the odd one that isn't - and that odd one may get it from someone who has no idea that they have it. Medical staff are at a much higher risk, especially if they don't have the right gear. Once it's all over there will be lots of stories on the high death rate, stated at around 1% at the moment. I reckon that is far too high as it doesn't count those who had it and never showed symptoms or those who had symptoms but were never tested (Chaddy is an example of this).
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    Rovers best ever Premier League 11

    Maybe age? Anyone under 35 won't remember him the same - which is frightening to me as I remember him as clear as day. Someone born in 1988 would have only been 8 when Shearer left.
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    Coronavirus

    That won't happen. My take is that they like the idea of it more than actually doing anything. It's a lifestyle and an identity fueled by years of marketing by gun manufacturers, the NRA, politicians, and religious groups. The management of the virus has been a bit of a mess. Trump dismissed it at first which put the country a month behind. As I've said before states are forging their own path as there is no national policy nor is the virus affecting everywhere the same. New York City has it the worst with over half of all cases, their strategy differs from somewhere like Wyoming which has very few. America is as large as the whole of Europe and has a lot less people so a regional approach is probably a better idea. Trump said yesterday that he wants to the country to be back to normal by Easter. He's mental in thinking that but plenty will believe him. There is a growing chorus to ease restrictions especially from right wing politicians and pundits but states won't budge until they feel as if they have it under control. One university is telling students to come back this week. It's a fundamental religious one and the head of it thinks that coronavirus a Chinese biological weapon. In other news over here a couple in Arizona decided to ingest some fish aquarium cleaner as it had an ingredient in it that is also in an anti malaria drug that Trump has been touting as a cure. The husband died and the wife is still in the hospital.
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    Rovers best ever Premier League 11

    It would. As I said earlier, potentially Dunn in for Tugay, but I'd have the rest.
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    Coronavirus

    Sounds like you have it. I hope all goes well and your family is OK too. Did 111 give you any advice on how to communicate the fact that you have it to people? To me it would make sense that you tell someone - no idea who or where though - your complete movements over the past 2 weeks so that it can be plotted. We all know that you went to the races, but where else could you have been in contact with others? Of all the people who go on this site to get it it had to be you didn't it? You were right in that the government hadn't mandated anything a few weeks ago, and football was only called off after Arteta was diagnosed with it, but the writing has been on the wall for a month. You steadfastly refused to contemplate anything else. Hopefully now you can use your experience to remind others to stay put. Separately, how daft was it to allow thousands of people from badly affected Madrid over to Liverpool for a CL tie?
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    Coronavirus

    The "word" of a full lockdown has been out in the USA for a few days too. I have no idea if it will happen nationally. The White House is twiddling its thumbs therefore states are doing what they think is best. My state has imposed strict restrictions over a week ago. Others haven't, yet. I did laugh at a BBC article yesterday. Snowdonia had it's busiest day in living memory. There are plenty of idiots over here too. It's traditional spring break (half term) for university students. They usually invade Florida and did so as usual. The governor there got loads of stick for not closing down beaches. A few news reports interviewed brain dead drunk youngsters and soon enough he shut up shop.
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    Rovers best ever Premier League 11

    To point 1 - hypothetically this works but in practice it would not for the reasons you stated. I'd have David Batty in there, probably for Tugay as Dunn has more goals in him. Batty is overlooked by many Rovers fans. He won player of the year ahead of 30 goal Shearer in his first season. He was class. He got injured and hardly played in 94-95 then left for Newcastle shortly thereafter. Another nostalgic what if pick is Paul Warhust. Without 2 broken legs he'd have been in the starting 11 either at central defence or central midfield. To point 2 - Rovers were never blessed with world class centre halves, but had plenty that were strong and organised. Hendry was no footballer, but he had guts galore. Samba was a physical presence. Nelsen was cool and collected. Henchoz was good too. My off the wall pick - Patrik Andersson. Signed at the same time as Henning Berg (the first time). He couldn't get a game at Ewood but won a Champs League with Bayern Munich a few years later.
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