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  1. A topic is more than a collection of posts; it's a living entity that ebbs and flows over time. Evergreen topics can see month-long gaps between posts and longer topics spanning numerous pages can end up hard to navigate through to find useful content. With this in mind, we've added numerous improvements to the topic view to bring context and summaries key areas within the topic. Topic view updates Topic Activity The first thing you likely spotted in the above screenshot is the new sidebar. This acts much like a summary of activity within the topic. It very quickly lets you know how old the topic is and how long it has been since the last reply. This context is essential if you are unwittingly replying to an older topic. Most topics are driven by a handful of key members. The topic activity section shows you who have been most active, which may influence which posters you give greater authority to. Likewise, popular days lets you dig into the 'meat' of the topic which may have evolved quickly over several days. More often than not, a single post attracts more reactions if it is particularly helpful or insightful, and this is shown too. Finally, a mini gallery of all upload images allows you to review media that has been attached to posts. The topic activity summary under the first post This activity bar can be shown either as a sidebar or underneath the first post in a topic. If you enable it for mobile devices, then it will show under the first post automatically. The topic activity summary on mobile As with many new features in Invision Community, you have several controls in the Admin CP to fine-tune this to your communities needs. AdminCP settings Other improvements The eagle-eyed among you will have spotted a few other changes to the topic view. The first is the badge underneath the user's photo. The shield icon notes that this poster is part of the moderation team. Of course, this badge can be hidden for communities that do not like to draw attention to all their moderators. You will also notice that when the topic starter makes a reply to a topic, they get an "author" badge as their reply may carry more authority. When you scroll down a topic, it's not often apparent that there has been a significant time gap between replies. For some topical topics (see what I did there) this may alter the context of the conversation. We have added a little identifier between posts when a period of time has passed between posts. These changes add a little context to the topic to give you more insight into how the replies direct the conversation. The new topic activity summary gives you an at-a-glance overview of key moments and posters to help you navigate longer topics. We hope that you and your members enjoy these new features coming to Invision Community 4.5!
  2. The fact that COVID numbers are lower than the flu (right now) is because: 1) We're just getting started 2) We've turned out lives upside down to ENSURE it doesn't kill many people. The fact that deaths are low is a great thing and a reason to keep up with social distancing.
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/19/bank-of-englands-qe-programme-is-bigger-than-the-city-expected
  4. Oh of course, if you're permitted to exercise outside, definitely do that. Just stay away from others!
  5. If you're interested, take a read of this. It was written in 2007 and warns of the next pandemic, and digs into the numbers of the 1918 pandemic. COVID is more contagious than the 1918 flu (R3 compared to R2) but not quite as deadly. Spanish flu caused more deaths in the 18-40 age group. If we learn from the past, we can prevent making the same mistakes.
  6. This is why the US and UK governments have stepped in and starting printing money. However, there is always going to be a point where you need to balance the deaths from COVID (hundreds of thousands) against the deaths from poverty, mental health, missed diagnosis, etc, etc. It's never going to be an easy thing to do. However. STAY HOME. The more we do this, the faster we get through it. Walking around the streets shrugging because you don't know anyone who died is just dragging it out longer. Cancelling the lock down and re-starting the economy will still damage people's livings. When 1/4 of your workforce is sick or dying, it's hard to keep supply chains open, stores open and customers spending. This is exactly what happened in 1918.
  7. Good afternoon all, we are happy to keep this topic open so all coronavirus discussion can take place in one area, but we're going to start removing comments that attack other members. Let's try and place nicely?
  8. We are currently living through one of the most turbulent times in history. A once-in-a-century pandemic has a grip on all of us. Whatever the outcome, come the end of the year, few of us are going to be the same again. We will have to sacrifice our personal freedoms, and some of us much more. Like you, I'm worried about my family, my friends and neighbours. I'm watching the news, scrolling through social media and consuming articles from scientists, scholars and doctors. The news coming out of Italy is truly heartbreaking. Doctors and nurses have to make life and death decisions daily as they wage war with the virus. Those of us in the UK and the USA are nervously watching the graphs climb in lockstep of Italy from just a few weeks ago. It would be easy to succumb to fear and withdraw completely. But as community leaders, we cannot. Let us take some inspiration from the brave people of Italy who have suffered much with an overstretched health care system and enforced quarantine yet still sing from their apartments in a display of resolve. In a time where we have to remain apart, we must come together. We have to keep showing up and leading. We must focus on what we still have and not what is being taken away. Now more than ever, we are needed to keep the world connected. To bring comfort; to support and to love each other. This year is going to test every one of us. But whatever comes our way, I know that we are stronger together. "Their faithful and zealous comradeship would almost between night and morning clear the path of progress and banish from all our lives the fear which already darkens the sunlight to hundreds of millions of men." Winston Churchill
  9. Reviewing this topic in a years time will be interesting. The fun thing is that I hope every single day that it’s media hype, no worse than the flu and will vanish quickly.
  10. Just so I’m clear; you believe its all hype and that we have nothing to worry about. But you also don’t want anyone from NYC near you, just in case you get infected?
  11. Oh Tony. How I’d love to live in your bubble. Deny what scares you, ignore what is stalking you from the shadows and singing songs out of tune with the world.
  12. Just remember, the virus doesn’t care if you believe in it or not.
  13. That "40 mutations" article is a little misleading. Scientists are starting to track the DNA from the virus to try and work out how it spread, to learn how to stop it in the future. All viruses mutate slightly from person to person. The hope is that it doesn't mutate into something more deadly.
  14. We are choosing to keep this topic open just so we don't run the risk of infecting the rest of our community with this discussion, so we'd prefer to isolate it to the one area. Those who still maintain it's media hype, go and volunteer and see what you find out for yourselves. For those who say it's just the same as flu, then lets look at basic mathematics: Let's say in Country A, every year there are 250,000 cases of flu, and 100,000 need some kind of medical intervention. Let's ignore all the science and go with what some random YoutTuber says and that COVID is just like flu in that there will be 250,000 cases of it and 100,000 need hospital. So, we now have 500,000 sick people, of which 200,000 need the hospital which doubles the need thus causing hospitals to become overrun. If it is like the flu, then it doesn't mean that seasonal flu goes away for a year.
  15. Just a reminder that we should review this topic in a year's time and let history judge us. China had a fairly low mortality rate once they got in front of it because of many reasons (welding people into their homes, removing people from homes who had a temperature, and so on) and the main one is they rapidly expanded their hospital capabilities so the 20% who need hospital support had it. Without those extra beds, the mortality rate would explode. The key thing is to slow the spread so people trickle into hospitals and do not pour in like an avalanche. If everyone gets the treatment they want, the mortality rate will end up around 0.19% (seasonal flu is 0.02% FTR). If everyone gets sick at the same time, just google "Spanish Flu 1918" to find out what will happen. The impact to people's mental health, and the economy is also important because there is a risk that millions will die from hunger, poverty and mental health issues. A balance is needed. But right now while this pandemic is ripping through the world and there is not a single cure or single proven medical intervention to help other than ventilate and cross your fingers the sensible thing is to slow its spread by reducing human contact. Once we get proven medical interventions (that don't risk heart attack) that drive down mortality rates we can start to lift restrictions because hospitals can cope with more. Finally, "mild" cases are common - about 80%. A friend currently has a "mild" case which won't require hospitalisation, and here's a rough description from them: 8 days in bed, too weak to lift my head. Coughing up so much my back is in constant pain. There are times I feel like I'm choking and can't breathe. I can't talk for more than a few minutes and I feel like I'm burning up from the inside. That's a mild case. He'll get better. But why on earth would you gamble with this? Do you want to risk dying alone next week after days of torture? No friends of family to hold your hand as you slip away? Just a nurse waiting for you to die so they can use the ventilator for the next person laying on a corridor floor coughing and trying to breathe? Your body carried in procession with thousands of others to a hidden cremation no one will attend? Stay home. That's all we're being asked to do. The economy recovery will have to wait a few more weeks or months.
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