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Oblivian
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  #3172209 15-Dec-2023 23:29
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heavenlywild:

My local Chemist Warehouse is giving RATs away for free.


 


Expiry is Feb 24.



Operator must be feeling generous. This is the norm here.. https://www.chemistwarehouse.co.nz/buy/116778/healgen-rapid-covid-19-antigen-self-test-5-pack

 
 
 

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cddt
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  #3172584 17-Dec-2023 10:37
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Well my parents (late 60s) have just been through their second round of covid. Took antivirals, seems to have helped. 

 

 

 

My daughter (age 4) had covid a couple of months ago for the second time (first time for the whole household was January) - but no one else in the household caught it, including her unvaccinated younger siblings or either adult. So our immunity must be holding up ok. 


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  #3173263 19-Dec-2023 08:20
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cddt:

 

Well my parents (late 60s) have just been through their second round of covid. Took antivirals, seems to have helped. 

 

 

 

My daughter (age 4) had covid a couple of months ago for the second time (first time for the whole household was January) - but no one else in the household caught it, including her unvaccinated younger siblings or either adult. So our immunity must be holding up ok. 

 

 

What interests me is, if one person in a household of say 3 people catches Covid, should the other 2 people take active steps to avoid getting it, such as wearing masks and keeping the infected person isolated as best as possible. Or, should they all just relax and carry on as normal and take no special precautions?




frednz
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  #3173268 19-Dec-2023 08:39
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Oblivian:
heavenlywild:

 

My local Chemist Warehouse is giving RATs away for free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expiry is Feb 24.

 



Operator must be feeling generous. This is the norm here.. https://www.chemistwarehouse.co.nz/buy/116778/healgen-rapid-covid-19-antigen-self-test-5-pack

 

If a RAT pack has say, only 1 month before it expires, it seems a bit unfair to charge the full retail for it don't you think? Which raises the question, how long after its expiry date does a RAT test still provide a reliable answer? 


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  #3173269 19-Dec-2023 08:49
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heavenlywild:

 

My local Chemist Warehouse is giving RATs away for free.

 

 

 

Expiry is Feb 24.

 

 

Many libraries are also giving away RATs and masks for free, but I'm not sure why libraries are getting involved? I think the masks are usually the cheap ones that wouldn't meet the N95 standards. Anyway, hardly anyone is wearing masks in crowded places these days, it's just gone "out of fashion"!


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  #3173270 19-Dec-2023 08:50
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frednz:

 

If a RAT pack has say, only 1 month before it expires, it seems a bit unfair to charge the full retail for it don't you think? Which raises the question, how long after its expiry date does a RAT test still provide a reliable answer? 

 

 

My parents had some RATs that were about 1 to 2 months before expiry and were already unreliable. Fortunately, they showed it by not having the should-always-be-on C line not show up.

 

Impossible to say anyway, as it'll be statistical, but personally I wouldn't trust them for anything important from the moment they were expired.


cddt
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  #3173272 19-Dec-2023 08:57
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frednz:

 

What interests me is, if one person in a household of say 3 people catches Covid, should the other 2 people take active steps to avoid getting it, such as wearing masks and keeping the infected person isolated as best as possible. Or, should they all just relax and carry on as normal and take no special precautions?

 

 

 

 

Impossible with children.

 

And many people wouldn't have the space to be able to isolate - until we moved earlier this year we were five people in a two bedroom house. 




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  #3173278 19-Dec-2023 09:23
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cddt:

 

frednz:

 

What interests me is, if one person in a household of say 3 people catches Covid, should the other 2 people take active steps to avoid getting it, such as wearing masks and keeping the infected person isolated as best as possible. Or, should they all just relax and carry on as normal and take no special precautions?

 

 

 

 

Impossible with children.

 

And many people wouldn't have the space to be able to isolate - until we moved earlier this year we were five people in a two bedroom house. 

 

 

Yes I can quite understand that. I think it's fairly likely that once 1 person in the household has caught it, the rest of the people in that household will also catch it. So, perhaps everyone should just relax and carry on as normal and go to work and do the shopping etc. However, is it possible that some of the people in that household who are currently testing negative, might actually be carriers because of their close contact with the virus and should therefore avoid going unmasked into crowded indoor places?


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  #3173282 19-Dec-2023 09:39
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frednz:

 

Yes I can quite understand that. I think it's fairly likely that once 1 person in the household has caught it, the rest of the people in that household will also catch it. So, perhaps everyone should just relax and carry on as normal and go to work and do the shopping etc. However, is it possible that some of the people in that household who are currently testing negative, might actually be carriers because of their close contact with the virus and should therefore avoid going unmasked into crowded indoor places?

 

 

If you care about yourself or others you should never go unmasked into crowded indoor places. 

 

 





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  #3173286 19-Dec-2023 09:58
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Rikkitic:

 

frednz:

 

Yes I can quite understand that. I think it's fairly likely that once 1 person in the household has caught it, the rest of the people in that household will also catch it. So, perhaps everyone should just relax and carry on as normal and go to work and do the shopping etc. However, is it possible that some of the people in that household who are currently testing negative, might actually be carriers because of their close contact with the virus and should therefore avoid going unmasked into crowded indoor places?

 

 

If you care about yourself or others you should never go unmasked into crowded indoor places. 

 

 

 

 

i guess that 99.9 % of people dont care. 





Common sense is not as common as you think.


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  #3173295 19-Dec-2023 10:12
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I still wear one on any public transport (bus/train/ferry/plane).


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  #3173297 19-Dec-2023 10:25
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vexxxboy:

 

i guess that 99.9 % of people dont care. 

 

 

I guess that 99.9% of people can't find their brains.

 

 





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  #3173299 19-Dec-2023 10:37
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mkissin:

 

frednz:

 

If a RAT pack has say, only 1 month before it expires, it seems a bit unfair to charge the full retail for it don't you think? Which raises the question, how long after its expiry date does a RAT test still provide a reliable answer? 

 

 

My parents had some RATs that were about 1 to 2 months before expiry and were already unreliable. Fortunately, they showed it by not having the should-always-be-on C line not show up.

 

Impossible to say anyway, as it'll be statistical, but personally I wouldn't trust them for anything important from the moment they were expired.

 

 

Thanks, that's interesting information. I have a pack that expired about 2 months ago, so I will definitely bin this and get a more recent pack. I'm not sure that just 1 positive RAT test should be considered as reliable, I would want say 3 positive tests done over a 48-hour period.


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  #3173301 19-Dec-2023 10:42
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Rikkitic:

 

vexxxboy:

 

i guess that 99.9 % of people dont care. 

 

 

I guess that 99.9% of people can't find their brains.

 

 

 

 

I tend to agree, but it's hard to have a meal out or a coffee when you're wearing a mask! I went around a busy supermarket yesterday, and none of the checkout operators were wearing masks and only 2 of the dozens of shoppers were wearing them, 1 of which was me! One of the customers actually said to me "what's with the mask" and I said that several of my friends currently have Covid, and he did a disappearing act really fast!

 

By the way Rikkitic, I can't see any spelling mistakes in your summary:

 

Plesse igmore amd axxept applogies in adbance fir anu typos

 

 


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  #3173514 19-Dec-2023 19:54
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https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/te-whatu-ora-covid-19-data-breach-social-media-threat-to-release-private-health-information/B444U7ZBYBCSNIC7VKJ52NWEC4/

 

What the hell. The cookers really need to get over this idea of this moronic thief being a "hero" or a "whistleblower".

 

I'm almost tempted to want to sue this a-hole directly if any of my personal information gets released. He is not helping anyone, apart from his fringe minority audience who see him as their Messiah 🙄


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