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  #2448964 28-Mar-2020 17:05
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Doctor VS Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

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There are SO MANY conspiracy theories and myths surrounding COVID-19, so I had another go at them in this episode.


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  #2448976 28-Mar-2020 17:28
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As a government you only have the choice between two scenarios: mitigation or suppression. The latter is more expensive and costs less lifes. If you can't afford suppression, there is only mitigation. That's what we currently see in Spain and Italy (and others countries next).

 

There is no "they" and "we" there is the same everywere in the world only at different stages. You and we do not perform better than others but time is valuable to act. And really to be honest, I wonder how medical DRs can still sit here in their armchairs when the hell will break out next.





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  #2448978 28-Mar-2020 17:33
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What do people think of this story? IMO We don't want to risk there being sick people working in supermarkets, whatever the illness is IMO, and those over 70 have already been told they need to stay at home I had thought.

 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/120646913/coronavirus-new-world-workers-on-unpaid-leave-over-lockdown


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  #2448981 28-Mar-2020 17:36
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Tinkerisk:

 

As a government you only have the choice between two scenarios: mitigation or suppression. The latter is more expensive and costs less lifes. If you can't afford suppression, there is only mitigation. That's what we currently see in Spain and Italy (and others countries next).

 

There is no "they" and "we" there is the same everywere in the world only at different stages. You and we do not perform better than others but time is valuable to act. And really to be honest, I wonder how medical DRs can still sit here in their armchairs when the hell will break out next.

 

 

What about eradication? I would have thought NZ was one of only few countries that could still achieve this, if we also do widespread testing so we know who has got it / had it. China appears to be going down this track, at least from official figures.


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  #2448982 28-Mar-2020 17:37
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Wage Subsidy

 

My mate is low paid, drives a frozen food truck. They get the subsidy. AS they can only service rest homes, they are all now down to one day a week. I thought the idea was that the wage subsidy is a subsidy? That the employer will top that up, to keep them employed (helps NZ economy) and reduces employer costs (helps the employer for when we can retain staff and get back to normal)

 

My mate appears to only be getting the subsidy. Is that how its supposed to work?


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  #2448983 28-Mar-2020 17:37
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Just talked to a neighbour, retired medical, who's signed up in case she's needed. Apparently 2,500 other retired medical people have done the same. That's an amazing response, we need more stories like this in the news.

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  #2448988 28-Mar-2020 17:42
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Just went to buy fuel. Lots of walkers, good, lots of cars too. Not sure why 

 

Not sure buying fuel is essential if you're also not meant to be going anywhere? /sic

 

Service stations are open, an essential service. Why? I heard the other day that some people drive to the supermarket. I also heard that some drive to work. I dint recall that the lockdown banned cars, I may have missed that....


 
 
 
 


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  #2448993 28-Mar-2020 17:48
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Geektastic: So we’ve had interest rates fall.

A lot of people might need their credit cards to get through this. Has anyone seen card rates fall?

 

LOL you must be kidding. The banks are the last to make any kind of sacrifice in crises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.interest.co.nz/personal-finance/104292/anz-nz-cutting-credit-card-personal-loan-and-overdraft-interest-rates-april

 

 


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  #2448994 28-Mar-2020 17:51
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freitasm:

 

 

 

Some people might not have planned well enough and might need petrol for grocery shopping. Once filled, a tank for a non-essential worker living in a suburb with its own supermart should be enough for a four-week lockdown, surely?

 

 

I agree. i didn't plan well enough, my work role has been smothered with work due to many working from home. Put off groceries as no time to wait behind panic buyers. I actually felt guilty driving to the gas station. Having said that, why are so many cars on the road today?  Ill admit his post, mentalinc annoyed me. As someone like many who take the lockdown seriously.

 

It was local, now sorted.


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  #2448995 28-Mar-2020 17:53
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What do people think of this story? IMO We don't want to risk there being sick people working in supermarkets, whatever the illness is IMO, and those over 70 have already been told they need to stay at home I had thought.

 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/120646913/coronavirus-new-world-workers-on-unpaid-leave-over-lockdown

 

I don't care if some of these stores are individually owned. The companies behind them make enough profit from customers when times are good. They can damn well share some of the pain with their lowest-paid employees in a time of need. Give them at least something and send them home. 

 

 

 

 





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  #2448996 28-Mar-2020 17:54
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Essential workers still need fuel and to travel.

 

 

I am essential. As in work for an essential business. I could have sorted fuel sooner. But I didn't. And I logged in today, in my own time, to see if anyone was urgent, as in an essential need, which they were, sorted that. Sorted three actually. Now im bagged for going to the gas station, ugh.


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  #2448998 28-Mar-2020 17:58
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Still too many people taking the piss and not taking things seriously. Let's go for a drive or gonna head out for a surf etc. 

 

 

Yep. Where I live its been super quiet. Thats great. I popped out today, 5 minute drive, many cars. Surely that can't be a supermarket trip?? 


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  #2448999 28-Mar-2020 17:59
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Folks, enough of posting links to conspiracy theory videos. I have removed a couple of your links @batman.

 

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  #2449000 28-Mar-2020 18:01
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Geektastic:

 

 

 



I agree. However, I’m surprised they haven’t had their arm twisted.

 

From what I've read they are doing their bit. Who sets the creditcard rates? Westpac or Visa/Mastercard?


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  #2449002 28-Mar-2020 18:04
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MikeB4: The Banks feel they have sacrificed enough with all the extra interest they will earn with *cough* mortgage holidays. The poor souls.

 

Like I said, who sets CC rates? Banks or Visa/Mastercard? I actually don't know, Id suggest the latter if I had to be forced for an answer. But what Im picking up here is a blame game. Its not the time. Maybe the banks can cancel the mortgage holidays and the many other measures to help us, that Robertson has worked with them to do, and we can just have a few points dropped off CC rates? 


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