Friday 16 October 2020

Day 214 of self-isolation - London is high risk

London is high risk

It's just as well we got our visit done last week, because London is now high risk. You must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them. This includes private homes, and any other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants.

We can meet outdoors, in a group of 6 or less (including children). But it isn't summer now, and if it rains, it's going to be pretty miserable. And it'll get colder as winter draws on.

But just look at the numbers. 138 new deaths, and 18980 new infections Thursday; a similar number the day before with 137 new deaths and 19722 new infections. 

We're not in London; our area is still "medium risk", but I think that's only a matter of time.

So, we hunker down.

I've been taking 2000 IU of vitamin D each day. I'm going to start taking 15mg of zinc supplements. They cost £1.50 for 60 from Waitrose, and they're one of the things they gave Trump. I did a bit of research, and being low on zinc does make it worse. I don't know if I am low on zinc, but for 2.5p per day, it seems like a sensible precaution. The recommended dose is 11mg/day, so 15 is about right.


  1. I'm taking 1000iu vitamin D too. When I started, they were 99p for 60 tablets from local chemist. When those ran out, they were replaced from same source but new price was £1.79 for 60. When I checked again, chemist price was £1.29 for same brand, but the subtle change was that this was now for only 30 tablets. Either the chemist or their supplier seems to be profiteering. Ordered 360 on ebay for about £9.

  2. I'm also getting them on eBay. I wanted genuine vitamin D, so I ordered a known brand (vitabiotic), but I paid a lot more than you did; £30 for 384 tablets at 2000 IU. What brand you you getting?

  3. Valupak, which is same as those I got from pharmacy, but they are 1000 iu.

  4. It would seem that your knowledge of basic biology is as poor as your grasp of basic mathematics.

    That mega-level of self-administered vitamin D will ne mostly eliminated from the body (i.e. p*ssed straight out) within 12 hours.

    1. So let me give you the history.
      About 12 months ago (pre Covid) I was concerned that I wasn't getting much sunshine, and might be vitamin-D deficient.
      So I went to my doctor, explained the issue. He sent me off for a blood test, and when it came back, it said that I was D-deficient. The doctor gave me a prescription for vitamin D tablets, 20,000 IU, to be taken once per week. So I did that.
      When those tablets ran out, I did a bit of research, and a simple calculation, and bought Boots vitamin D tablets, and took 2000 IU per day. After a few months of that, I went back to the doctor to see if I was still D-deficient. He told me that I was fine, and that 2000 IU per day would be right for me.
      So here's the question. Do I continue to follow the advice of my doctor, or do I take the advice of Mr Anonymous on the internet?
      Easy decision. I'll stick with my doctor's advice, but thanks for offering your suggestion.

  5. Mr Anon has one basic advantage over you mate (apart from the 40 or 50 points of IQ, that is).


    What the effing hell is that? (You "mathematician" , you).

    What is your BMI? (Well over 25, I suspect)

    Did you ever do a clinical assay for vitamin D in your urine? (No? then your opinion is just an opinion ... non-quantitative and thus of equal value to all the Jeremy-Kyle-watching professional Mars Bar testers living on benefits).

    1. IU means "International units".

      "Did you ever do a clinical assay for vitamin D in your urine? " No, but the local hospital did a second blood test because my doctor referred me to them. And that's when my doctor told me that the 2000 IU that I was taking was right.

    2. Free Vitamin D pills for 2.5 million vulnerable in England