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  #2440771 18-Mar-2020 15:55
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I see trademe finally came to their senses: https://newsroom.trademe.co.nz/articles/our-new-natural-disaster-and-civil-emergency-policy/


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  #2440774 18-Mar-2020 16:00
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mattwnz:

 

tdgeek:

 

 

 

Who will we test, and why? Serious question, re the benefit

 

 

 

 

People around NZ who have symptoms but not necessarily been in contact with anyone from overseas?. However it the main concentration of testing would probably be in Auckland and other centres where there have already been cases. NZers can move around the country a lot. I would have thought tourist area too, considering millions of tourists will go to those areas each year.

 

 

Ok, fair enough. How many test kits do we have and are getting in? So doctors would need to test everyone with flu like symptoms then send them one for self isolation. A colleague took his kid in today, he gets the flu every year, had it since weekend. They sent him home, f he doesn't improve come back Friday they will test him. No mention of self isolation in the interim. Seems odd.

 

He won't self isolate as he knows its just the flu.

 

It would be ideal to test everyone in NZ who got symptoms that could be Covid-19. Isolate them when test done. That seems like a lot of resource to me. Maybe not as they should be at the doctors anyway. Im not sure what facilities we have that does the test results. I would expect you would have thousand per day being tested and isolated for a few days, or when results came back


 
 
 
 


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  #2440775 18-Mar-2020 16:05
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Where Did Viruses Come From?

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  #2440776 18-Mar-2020 16:05
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Are we still going early and going hard?

 

Economic impact will be massive, but if we can't get on top of this in the next three weeks, we will have to lock down our country so people can't leave home for basically the entire winter.

Note that Wuhan is still under lock down. They have had Covid-19 since November (officially December), and china put resources into wuhan from all over the country, something we do not have capacity for.

 

 

 

 

Based on what other countries including Australia have announced over the last few day, no not IMO. Are we still saying that NZers should go about their normal life?

 

Lockdown over winter reminds me of bears taking hibernation during winter. What worries me about this is supply chains. 

 

 We had plenty of warning this was going to happen, based on what happened in China. We could have restricted travel at the end of January when we banned China. Ironically North Korea closed their border back then, and they claim they have no cases of this, after the problems they had with measles. Although experts suspect they do.

 

 

 

I noticed that the Prime Minister has said "We need New Zealanders to prepare. Think about Covid-19 the same way you would a civil defence emergency."

 

Has NZ declared a state of emergency on this yet or is this close?


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  #2440778 18-Mar-2020 16:07
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In Australia they are putting far more measures in place over the last few days. Considering how fast thngs are chaging, I wonder why more restrictions are coming in in NZ, as now is the time to act, not tomorrow. We won't see the effects of what we have done today to try and change the path, for up to a few weeks. 

 

 

Have they? No overseas travel. 100 limit on gatherings. Schools open. I dont really see anything there


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  #2440779 18-Mar-2020 16:12
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Ok, fair enough. How many test kits do we have and are getting in? So doctors would need to test everyone with flu like symptoms then send them one for self isolation. A colleague took his kid in today, he gets the flu every year, had it since weekend. They sent him home, f he doesn't improve come back Friday they will test him. No mention of self isolation in the interim. Seems odd.

 

He won't self isolate as he knows its just the flu.

 

It would be ideal to test everyone in NZ who got symptoms that could be Covid-19. Isolate them when test done. That seems like a lot of resource to me. Maybe not as they should be at the doctors anyway. Im not sure what facilities we have that does the test results. I would expect you would have thousand per day being tested and isolated for a few days, or when results came back

 

 

I haven't seen any mention of the number of tests kits they have, but it doesn't seem to be a factor. The limiting factor seems to be the staff to do the tests. But they have apparently sent 30,000 swabs out. 

 

If someone has the flu, shouldn't they be self isolating anyway normally? I think that is also currently the advice, that anyone sick should be at home. We also don't want to be spreading colds and flu at a time like this, as that just adds to the problem IMO. 


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  #2440780 18-Mar-2020 16:16
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tdgeek:

 

mattwnz:

 

In Australia they are putting far more measures in place over the last few days. Considering how fast thngs are chaging, I wonder why more restrictions are coming in in NZ, as now is the time to act, not tomorrow. We won't see the effects of what we have done today to try and change the path, for up to a few weeks. 

 

 

Have they? No overseas travel. 100 limit on gatherings. Schools open. I dont really see anything there

 

 

They also are banning people entering the country, except residents returning from overseas, who require 14 day self isolation. This is a big one. NZ is still currently allowing entry from most other countries including tourists, but they must all go into 14 day self isolation.  The 100 limit on gatherings is also more than in NZ, which I believe is 500. 

 

But Oz also have $20,000 fines to anyone not in self isolation when they should be. Their police are going around doing checks. Our police are doing spot checks, but I don't think they can issue fines. People may just be deported. 


 
 
 
 


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  #2440781 18-Mar-2020 16:19
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  #2440783 18-Mar-2020 16:22
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SJB:

 

Apparently some students were commenting that even if they get it, it's doesn't matter because they are young.

 

It makes you wonder what sort of adults are we growing here.

 

 

We have the same type of brain dead morons here ...





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  #2440784 18-Mar-2020 16:25
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They also are banning people entering the country, except residents returning from overseas, who require 14 day self isolation. This is a big one. NZ is still currently allowing entry from most other countries including tourists, but they must all go into 14 day self isolation.  The 100 limit on gatherings is also more than in NZ, which I believe is 500. 

 

But Oz also have $20,000 fines to anyone not in self isolation when they should be. Their police are going around doing checks. Our police are doing spot checks, but I don't think they can issue fines. People may just be deported. 

 

 

I wasnt aware that AUS has banned all non nationals from arriving. Good move. I think our Police are doing more then spot checks, they are tracking known arrivals.

 

Dr Bloomfield said today that we need to decide what we will need to do in two weeks, and do it now. That would be banning all non nationals at least. I guess we can test all flu symptoms people, that would be thousands per day? And isolate them. A family would find themselves fully isolated till the test results came back, so that will impact employment to the tune of thousand per day. That may come anyway. 


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  #2440786 18-Mar-2020 16:28
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Poll published by LA Times:

 

Since the outbreak, 18% of adult workers have lost their jobs or had hours reduced.
That increases to 25% for adult workers earning <$50K/year.

 

The same poll found that about 56% of Americans considered the coronavirus outbreak a “real threat,” while 38% said it was “blown out of proportion.”


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  #2440788 18-Mar-2020 16:32
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tdgeek:

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They also are banning people entering the country, except residents returning from overseas, who require 14 day self isolation. This is a big one. NZ is still currently allowing entry from most other countries including tourists, but they must all go into 14 day self isolation.  The 100 limit on gatherings is also more than in NZ, which I believe is 500. 


But Oz also have $20,000 fines to anyone not in self isolation when they should be. Their police are going around doing checks. Our police are doing spot checks, but I don't think they can issue fines. People may just be deported. 



I wasnt aware that AUS has banned all non nationals from arriving. Good move. I think our Police are doing more then spot checks, they are tracking known arrivals.


Dr Bloomfield said today that we need to decide what we will need to do in two weeks, and do it now. That would be banning all non nationals at least. I guess we can test all flu symptoms people, that would be thousands per day? And isolate them. A family would find themselves fully isolated till the test results came back, so that will impact employment to the tune of thousand per day. That may come anyway. 



I can't see Australia has closed its borders online. Is there a link please?

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  #2440790 18-Mar-2020 16:34
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If you close the schools it will affect nursing numbers in hospitals.

There are already plans for theatre to icu conversions and using anaesthetic machines as ventilators for at least the last 10 days at my dhb and I'm sure all the others

There wont be an issue with general hospital doctor shortage but rather particular specialties. ICU, Anesthetics, ED. These cant be magiced onto existence.

Certainly not one where medical students or vets are of any use other than manual labour.

There are plans to potentially upskill some interventional physicians ie cardiology are already familiar with cardiac support pathways, respiratory consultants with respiratory physiology etc. And they still would be supervised to some degree by the intensive specialties.

A lot of stuff is happening in the background, inside and between hospitals. You just dont hear about on stuff or nzhersld or facebook because people doing it have better things to do than post on social media.

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  #2440791 18-Mar-2020 16:35
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mattwnz:

 

^^ As I understand it, not everyone will show all or some of those symptoms  if they have it. There are reports that there have been some very  mild cases, or cases where people didn't have any symptoms

 

 

... and one is missing: loosing taste and/or smell for 2-3 days according to medician's reports.





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  #2440794 18-Mar-2020 16:42
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mattwnz:

 

 

 

They also are banning people entering the country, except residents returning from overseas, who require 14 day self isolation. This is a big one. NZ is still currently allowing entry from most other countries including tourists, but they must all go into 14 day self isolation.  The 100 limit on gatherings is also more than in NZ, which I believe is 500. 

 

 

 

 

I can't sight that. The Level 4 ban is to stop outward travel (as you may not get back)


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