Info Post – October 23rd

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

582 days in Carcassonne


1st lockdown in March 2020



It has been quite a busy, but enjoyable, week with our visitors from the UK. Loads of walking, trekking, eating and drinking. Things are back to normal today so I am catching up with the latest news. It is also time to update files and clear up obsolete ones. In other words long hours will be spent in front of the screen this weekend.

On the Covid front some are announcing the 5th wave some are more optimistic.

A little push rather than a fifth wave. This is what we can hope for in the coming weeks and months on the Covid front. This optimism is due to the good vaccination coverage in France. To maintain the dam, the government intends, through new communication campaigns, to insist in the coming days on the importance of maintaining the barrier gestures: frequent hand washing, wearing a mask in enclosed spaces, regular ventilation, etc. Reflexes that have been somewhat lost in recent weeks, as the curve of contaminations has fallen.

The authorities are also counting on the deployment of the third dose. If for the moment its pace is modest, it should accelerate from today thanks to the start of another vaccination campaign, that against influenza. In accordance with the opinion of the High Authority of Health, the over 65s will be able to receive a shot in each arm during the same appointment: the booster against the coronavirus and the single injection against influenza. Unfortunately, the message has not yet been well received. Among the eligible public, many are unaware that it is possible and even recommended to kill two birds with one stone. And when the information is known, the – unjustified – fear of side-effects sometimes makes those who are reluctant to take it waver. The value of this booster dose is also not always well understood. This is quite logical, insofar as the data arrive in dribs and drabs. The latest data could convince the undecided: a booster dose increases efficacy, including against the Delta variant, to 95.6% against symptomatic forms of the disease, according to the first results of a study published Thursday by Pfizer-BioNTech

✏️ Daily update

For several days, the contaminations have been increasing again. “The risk of a real epidemic resumption cannot be excluded,” said government spokesman Gabriel Attal on Wednesday. Here follows the daily update on the Covid epidemic in France, with figures from Santé Publique France and the Ministry of Health.

This Friday 22 October, 6,366 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in 24 hours, according to figures from Santé Publique France, bringing the total to 7,114,572 confirmed cases since the start of the epidemic.

The rate of positive tests is 1.3% (compared to 1.2% at the beginning of the week).

The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalised stands at 6,400 (-53 in 24 hours), including 1,010 in intensive care units.

In 24 hours, 35 people died in hospital from Covid. The total death toll since the beginning of the epidemic is 117,440, of which 90,566 have died in hospital.

Since the beginning of the vaccination campaign, 50,987,174 people have received at least one dose of vaccine.

The health situation in the departments of Aude and Pyrénées-Orientales on Friday 22 October.

Slight rise in the incidence in the Aude
In the Aude, 42 people with Covid were hospitalised on Tuesday (-2 in 24 hours), a figure that has returned to its level of 26 July. Among these patients, only 4 are now treated in critical care services (resuscitation, intensive care or continuous monitoring), i.e. two less than the day before for an indicator that is also back to its level of 26 July.

Two hospital deaths due to Covid were reported in 24 hours, bringing the total to 410. The incidence rate has risen slightly over the last three days but remains below the alert threshold. It stands at 42.9 per 100,000 inhabitants in the sliding week from 13 to 19 October, a figure published on 22 October, compared to 38.1 for the sliding week from 12 to 18 October.

Since the beginning of the epidemic, 1,517 people have been discharged from hospital in the department.

In the Pyrénées-Orientales, 53 Covid patients are being treated in hospital (stable in 24 hours). Among them, 7 are in critical care (intensive care, intensive care or continuous monitoring), a figure that has remained unchanged for three days, after a “peak” of 11 on 17 October. This indicator has nevertheless been divided by three since 9 September. No Covid deaths have occurred in hospital since Tuesday. In total, 414 people have died from Covid in hospital in the department.

The incidence rate, which has stabilised at around 40 for several days, is falling again. It is 36.7 per 100,000 inhabitants in the rolling week from 13 to 19 October, a figure published on 22 October. It was 40.7 for the sliding week from 12 to 18 October, a figure published on Thursday.

Since March 2020, 1,789 people hospitalised have returned home, including one within 24 hours.

✏️ Mon espace santé

My Health Space (espace santé) will be available from 1 January 2022
Published on 21 October 2021 – Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Tested since July 2021 in three pilot departments, Haute-Garonne, Loire-Atlantique and Somme, the digital health space Mon espace santé will be available to all users from 1 January 2022, the Ministry of Health announced on 18 October 2021. Intended to facilitate users’ procedures and exchanges with health professionals for better care, it will replace the shared medical record (DMP).

From January to March 2022, if you are affiliated to the Health Insurance, you will receive a letter or an e-mail asking you to activate your Health Space. You will then have a period of one month to object to its creation. If you do not reply, your Health Space will be automatically created.

All users who already had a shared medical record (DMP) before 1 July 2021 will automatically find their record and their health data stored there as soon as My Health Space is activated.


Companies that go online thinking they are promoting their products and services on FB are very much mistaken. When a customer or prospect sends you a like, FB sends that customer suggestions from companies that offer similar products to yours, thus promoting your own competitors. The result: you had loyal customers in “real life”, FB suggests they go elsewhere.

Facebook is planning to change its company name next week to reflect its focus on building the “metaverse”, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter. The coming name change, which CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to talk about at the company’s annual Connect conference on October 28th, but could unveil sooner, is meant to signal the tech giant’s ambition to be known for more than social media and all the ills that entail. The rebrand would likely position the blue Facebook app as one of many products under a parent company overseeing groups like Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, and more… © The Verge


Jefferson Airplane in 1967




Greetings from the land of Helvetia.

☞ The Pope and Scott Morrison (Oz Prime Minister) are on the same stage in front of a huge crowd, at the AFL Grand Final.
The Pope leaned towards Morrison and said, “Do you know that with one little movement of my hand I can make every person in this crowd go wild with joy? This joy will not be a momentary display, like those believers in a football match, but go deep into their hearts, and they’ll forever speak of this day and rejoice!”
Morrison replied, “I seriously doubt that. With one little wave of your hand? Show me.”
So the Pope backhanded the prime minister.

☞ “Two years ago, if you’d asked me who my favourite epidemiologist was, I would have given you a strange look indeed.”
Peter from Elsternwick.

☞ Some short jokes ……………. 

‣”I came from a real tough neighbourhood. In the local restaurant, I sat down and had broken leg of lamb.”

‣After we were wed my wife said to me,
‘Now that we’re married, you can give up playing that silly guitar’
I said, ‘You’re beginning to sound like my ex wife’.
She said, ‘You didn’t tell me you were previously married!?’
‘I said, I’m not’.

☞ Why is it when someone goes into a baby changing room with a baby they always come out with the same one?

☞ Following some recent tests at the hospital I got a letter from my doctor. I read it and said to my wife the doctor says that I need to have
daily s*x….She gasped and took the letter, read it and said…
You idiot – he says you’re a dyslexic!

☞ A man went into a pub and asked for a pint of Guinness.
“I’m sorry, we haven’t got any Guinness.” the barman replied.
“OK,” the man said, “can I have a pint of Guinness then?”
“We haven’t got any Guinness!”
The man went out of the pub and came back in again.
“Can I have a pint of Guinness please?” he asked.
The barman said, “I haven’t got any G. U. I. N. N. E. F. S. !! “
“There’s no F in Guinness.” said the man.
“Finally!” said the barman, “That’s exactly what I’ve been trying to tell you!”

☞ The Doctor told me if I had a vasectomy I wouldn’t have kids, so I went for it.
So disappointed when I got home and they were still there.

☞ A pastor went to the dentist for a set of false teeth. The first Sunday after getting his new teeth, he preached for only 8 minutes. The second Sunday, he preached only 10 minutes.
But the following Sunday, he preached non stop for nearly 3 hours…..until the congregation realised he couldn’t quit and finally helped him sit down…Concerned for his health, they asked, “Are you OK? What happened?”
The Pastor explained , “Well the first Sunday with my new gums , my gums were so sore I couldn’t preach longer than 8 minutes. The second Sunday I felt I could go a little longer to 10 minutes. But, today I mistakenly put my wife’s teeth in, and discovered I couldn’t shut up.”

☞ Two Men were out hunting in the outback and came upon a huge hole in the ground. They approached it and were amazed at its size and depth. The first said, “Wow, that’s some hole. I can’t even see the bottom. I wonder how deep it is.”
The second said, “There’s an old gear box over there. Let’s throw it in and see how long it takes to hit bottom.”
Despite it being very heavy, they picked up the gear box, carried it over to the hole, counted one-two-three, and heaved it in.
As they were standing there looking over the edge of the hole, a goat come crashing through the bushes, ran up to the hole and without hesitation, jumped in head first…

They were so mystified by this that they stood staring at each other in amazement and peered into the hole, trying to figure out what that was all about…

Just then an old farmer appeared. “Say, you fellers didn’t happen to see my goat?”

The first hunter said, “Funny you should ask. We were just standing here a minute ago, and a goat came running out of the bushes doing about a hundred miles an hour and jumped headfirst into this here hole!”
The old farmer said, “Naw, that’s impossible! I had him chained to an old gear box.”

☞ I thought I would share a recent funny conversation with our 18 year old, who like all 18 year old, is very much into taking selfies and going through a stage of knowing everything. Recently my partner was taking a selfie when our 18 year old daughter came in.
She asked her mother what she was doing, and she replied she was updating her profile picture on LinkedIn. Shocked our daughter replied, “I didn’t know you and dad had an open relationship and you were on a dating app!”
We both couldn’t stop laughing as her mother explained what LinkedIn was about.

☞ I just read a news item that made me laugh.

This week, a man out drinking with his mates wandered off into a forest. The man later volunteered to join a search party he came across, hunting for hours in the dark. It was only when he heard someone calling his own name that he realised he had been looking for himself!
Authorities gave him a lift home.

☞ A little known fact….
The first testicular guard “Cup” was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974.
It took 100 years for men to realise that the brain is also important.

☞ A husband and wife go to a counsellor after 15 years of marriage.

The counsellor asks them what the problem is and the wife goes into a tirade, listing every problem they have ever had in the 15 years they’ve been married. She goes on and on and on.
Finally, the counsellor gets up, goes around the desk, embraces the woman, and kisses her passionately. The woman shuts up and sits quietly in a daze. The counsellor turns to the husband and says “That is what your wife needs at least three times a week. Can you do that?”
The husband says, “I can bring her in on Monday and Wednesday, but on Friday I play golf.”

‣Q: Why did they have a funeral for the frog?

A: Because he croaked.

‣Q: Why did the ox lose his job on the farm?

A: Because he couldn’t take a yoke.

‣Q: Why are movie stars so cool?

A: Because they have so many fans.

‣Q: Who earns a living driving customers away?

A: A taxi driver.

‣Q: Why did the math book visit the doctor?

A: Because it had problems.

‣Q: Why are cakes similar to baseball teams?

A: They both need good batters.

‣Q: Why was the Energiser Bunny arrested?

A: He was charged with battery.

‣Q: There are 2 cowboys in the kitchen. Which one is the real cowboy?

A: The one on the range.

‣Q: Where do you learn to make ice cream?

A: Sundae school!

‣Q: That did the rug say to the floor?

A: Don’t move I’ve got you covered!

☞ And to finish the week…….

‣When I was a kid my parents bathed me in cheap Australian lager.
It’s wasn’t until I was 18 that I realised I’d been Fostered! 

‣I dropped a gold bar on my foot.

‣As suspected, someone has been adding soil to my garden!
The plot thickens! 

‣Can you imagine the self-control needed to work at a bubble wrap factory? 

Catch you later.


Some more gems from crazy USA


Hunting alters animal genetics. Some elephants are even losing tusks. 

Hunting alters animal genetics. Some elephants are even losing tusks. 


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