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  #2447642 27-Mar-2020 06:41
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Fred99:

 

Hibino:

 

Not a very happy day from what I saw and heard today.

 

 

I'm not very happy with a lot of the stuff I've read either.  There's some horrific misinformation, conspiracy theory, racist BS being circulated on FB etc.  So much for Zuck saying he'd filter out fake news and BS.  He lied.

 

Just note that according to our MoH, there are only 7 Covid 19 patients currently in NZ hospitals, so while there may be a shortage of masks right now, it's probably not as dire as may be being made out by some people.  We make them in NZ, apparently.

 

 

Yes, 200,000 a day if required


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  #2447649 27-Mar-2020 07:35
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This is concerning. In my experience RNZ is not likely to post information contrary to official government advisories unless it's very serious.

 

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/412715/not-enough-protective-medical-gear-available-despite-govt-assurances-supplier

 

 

The supply of protective gowns for medical workers at the Covid-19 frontline appears to be in turmoil.

 

...

 

 

The supplier said late yesterday the Ministry of Health had just asked it to urgently find half a million gowns but it can't because supply from China is badly disrupted.

 

This was after Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield yesterday said personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies - masks, gloves, gowns, visors - were plentiful] and steady and distribution was being made "rock-solid".

 

...

 

Bloomfield gave this assurance two hours after a new meeting RNZ has learned of - a daily 11am Covid-19 forum that began this week - where unions raise medical workers' worries with district health boards.

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #2447653 27-Mar-2020 07:59
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https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120591047/coronavirus-government-needs-to-get-its-bubble-selfisolated

 

Posted today at 5am. He should perhaps have watched yesterdays update by Mike Bush, then written this piece




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  #2447661 27-Mar-2020 08:19
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iamaelephant:

 

This is concerning. In my experience RNZ is not likely to post information contrary to official government advisories unless it's very serious.

 

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/412715/not-enough-protective-medical-gear-available-despite-govt-assurances-supplier

 

 

The supply of protective gowns for medical workers at the Covid-19 frontline appears to be in turmoil.

 

...

 

The supplier said late yesterday the Ministry of Health had just asked it to urgently find half a million gowns but it can't because supply from China is badly disrupted.

 

This was after Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield yesterday said personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies - masks, gloves, gowns, visors - were plentiful] and steady and distribution was being made "rock-solid".

 

...

 

Bloomfield gave this assurance two hours after a new meeting RNZ has learned of - a daily 11am Covid-19 forum that began this week - where unions raise medical workers' worries with district health boards.

 

 

 

with all the businesses shut down and everybody on the dole the govt can't get local manufacturers to sew pieces of fabric together? if one able person makes one piece a day you will have at least 1 million pieces a day.

 

an easier alternative is to produce telephone booth test boxes since we will be needing them forever.

 





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  #2447676 27-Mar-2020 08:36
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If one able person makes one piece a day you will have one piece a day not a million. It would take one person a million days at that rate.





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  #2447679 27-Mar-2020 08:43
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iamaelephant:

This is concerning. In my experience RNZ is not likely to post information contrary to official government advisories unless it's very serious.


https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/412715/not-enough-protective-medical-gear-available-despite-govt-assurances-supplier



The supply of protective gowns for medical workers at the Covid-19 frontline appears to be in turmoil.


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The supplier said late yesterday the Ministry of Health had just asked it to urgently find half a million gowns but it can't because supply from China is badly disrupted.


This was after Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield yesterday said personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies - masks, gloves, gowns, visors - were plentiful] and steady and distribution was being made "rock-solid".


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Bloomfield gave this assurance two hours after a new meeting RNZ has learned of - a daily 11am Covid-19 forum that began this week - where unions raise medical workers' worries with district health boards.





A storm in a teacup. So one supplier can’t get them after trying for 1 day. They’ll find them somewhere in the world. The news media after just after clicks

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  #2447680 27-Mar-2020 08:43
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Geektastic: If one able person makes one piece a day you will have one piece a day not a million. It would take one person a million days at that rate.

 

Apparently every worker in NZ is unemployed so he suggested using them. All a bit silly.


 
 
 
 


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  #2447684 27-Mar-2020 08:53
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ben28:

A storm in a teacup. So one supplier can’t get them after trying for 1 day. They’ll find them somewhere in the world. The news media after just after clicks

 

It's important news. 


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  #2447687 27-Mar-2020 08:56
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If they are having to do this in Canada....I suspect the same will be needed here in NZ.

The NZ gov is hardly going to come out and say anything negative about the supply they have or lack of.

 

 

 

Canadians coast to coast are stepping up in finding ways to produce much needed equipment for front-line workers.


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  #2447688 27-Mar-2020 08:58
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I wonder how long before workers at critical infrastructure realise the bargaining positions they are now in and begin to threaten industrial action?

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  #2447693 27-Mar-2020 09:09
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Ge0rge: I wonder how long before workers at critical infrastructure realise the bargaining positions they are now in and begin to threaten industrial action?

 

 

 

I think you’ll find you can’t take industrial action during a declared emergency.

 

Edit: But the point is fair. Our emergency service workers are underpaid and undervalued and this period may go a way to showing that.





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  #2447696 27-Mar-2020 09:13
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tdgeek:

 

Fred99:

 

Just note that according to our MoH, there are only 7 Covid 19 patients currently in NZ hospitals, so while there may be a shortage of masks right now, it's probably not as dire as may be being made out by some people.  We make them in NZ, apparently.

 

 

Yes, 200,000 a day if required

 

 

According to Andrew Bloomfield (Director General of Health) at the press conference on Tuesday, when asked "How are we off for PPE?", he said "Owing to good fortune, I mean good planning, we have onshore manufacturing of masks. The factory in Whanganui is increasing its production from 200,000 masks a day"
["quotes" may not be completely verbatim]

 

So we have a lot of domestic capacity for masks, no need for people to make their own at home

 

 


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  #2447697 27-Mar-2020 09:13
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Azzura:

 

If they are having to do this in Canada....I suspect the same will be needed here in NZ.

The NZ gov is hardly going to come out and say anything negative about the supply they have or lack of.

 

 

 

Canadians coast to coast are stepping up in finding ways to produce much needed equipment for front-line workers.



 

In that story I noted they were making washable covers for N95 masks so that you can supposedly extent the life time of the mask. Great idea in theory but would it not decrease air intake making it harder to breath. Then you would have to take fresh gloved hands to remove it and immediately place in detergent containing water. In my experience wearing these dam things you get a moisture build up inside so the actual mask of course would still have to be aired to dry out safely. It seems like a lot of bother for really only short term gain. 





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  #2447698 27-Mar-2020 09:13
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Ge0rge: I wonder how long before workers at critical infrastructure realise the bargaining positions they are now in and begin to threaten industrial action?

 

They would have to give the required notice.

 

And the Govt could give the required notice of who these scumbags are.


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  #2447699 27-Mar-2020 09:15
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FineWine:

 

Azzura:

 

If they are having to do this in Canada....I suspect the same will be needed here in NZ.

The NZ gov is hardly going to come out and say anything negative about the supply they have or lack of.

 

 

 

Canadians coast to coast are stepping up in finding ways to produce much needed equipment for front-line workers.



 

In that story I noted they were making washable covers for N95 masks so that you can supposedly extent the life time of the mask. 

 

 

My understanding is that placing these N95 masks in an oven at 70 C for 30 mins is enough to inactivate any virus and this without damaging the physical characteristics of the masks.


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