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  1. The coronavirus or COVID-19 has a different genetic profile to the common cold which is a catch-all term referring not just to different species of coronaviruses but also to rhinoviruses and adenoviruses which also cause the common cold. COVID-19 is like nothing we’ve seen before.
  2. I am one of these people in their late 20s - though I am hoping to buy somewhere next year. Multifactorial - wages have not kept up with inflation, house prices have ran away and frankly I don’t feel like paying someone else’s mortgage if I can help it. Loads of people my age think similarly.
  3. 4 - this government have chosen the kick the can down the road approach without any original decision making.
  4. I read somewhere that Osborne knew this would get the Tories re-elected in 2015. In 2011/12 I recall housing prices being either stagnant or going to say -1% thereabouts over a long period. Tory voters generally own so presumably they bribed their base to get them over the finishing line. Seems to have worked.
  5. theres an election coming isn’t there? Just enough to try and capture some millennial votes
  6. It is not 25% - it is far higher than that. Young people like myself (early 20s) are coy to talk about parental help but my older doctor sister says every junior doctor she knew had parental assistance with property. Doctors! If you don’t believe me, consider this: in NZ, a newspaper article I read once quoted 3 in 10 had BOMAD deposit funding. In another article pertaining to Nz’s overpriced market however 80% parents had helped a child at some point. So you might be asking: well, what gives? The only explanation for the disparity and such a low figure is that FTBs are lying to poll
  7. How long until we see a Help for London scheme eh??? aka Bailing out people who were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and think that now they have an expensive property that they are somehow entrepreneurs and deserving of their mad gainzz
  8. On the face of it, yes. If do a test and loads of people have a positive result, its called sensitive. If you have a test that you conduct and people test negative, its called specific. i.e. you're ruling out a differential diagnosis. Problem is, if you have a test with 95% sensitivity but 5% specificity, you can't be sure that the person actually has the condition. So we use something called a positive predictive value (PPV). Conversely, if you have a negative test result, the chance that you really don't have that disease is negative predictive value (NPV). PPV me
  9. Bingo. Aspergers syndrome is no longer a solid diagnosis because of the degree of variability and subjectivity of the diagnostic criteria. Technically, anyone can fall on a spectrum. At what point are they deemed to have the disease? At the 95th percentile? At the 60th percentile? How do you come up with the criteria. Where is the evidence. And it was partly because of these questions, that Aspergers is no longer given a diagnosis. instead we use the term "autistic spectrum disorder" but the only treatment available is social skills training and input from schools and GP. Now, d
  10. This is very true with regards to any under30s who do not belong to an upper middle class family or above. I am fortunate to fall in the aforementioned category. Went to grammar school and only knew of one kid's parents who had divorced but even they were on good terms. Along with the huge shifts of society that have taken place, there has been a massive divide in terms of wealth and family background for my generation. The strong community still exists where I am - the recession we knew only happened on the television. I never knew of anyone personally who lost their jobs. I am just very
  11. Young person here. Just joined the site (thanks mods). I am about to graduate medical school and even amongst my fellow graduates many are despondent even as working as a doctor in the NHS. Some, because the idealism does not pan out IRL. Others, like me, realise that with the recent shitty contracts imposed upon us by the secretary of state for health, the hard work simply will not pay for the lifestyle that our parents had. Mental health is becoming less taboo amongst the young, so it may be more likely that issues that were previously hidden are now coming out and being accepted
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