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  #2450016 30-Mar-2020 12:45
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jonb:

 

This might be a significant longer term issue - the newly jobless NZers in Australia with little support over there. Depending on the numbers returning could be a significant increase in population?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/28/no-safety-net-and-now-no-jobs-for-many-new-zealanders-who-call-australia-home 

 

 

Surely people must be aware of the risks though? Australia has had this in place for some time. Yes there is a cost barrier, almost $4K I think, but surely it's a kind of insurance?


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  #2450020 30-Mar-2020 12:52
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Re. the flu jabs thread.   Doctors and nurses at the clinics are the experts, I am sure they will have a very good procedure in place.  If people are too scared to go and get a jab they probably should not visit a petrol station or a supermarket.

 

 

Sure.  But contact them - don't just turn up.  

 

There absolutely are some risks to staff administering jabs and of transmission between patients. 

 

There's a webinar for health professionals here:

 

https://vimeo.com/400730243

 

One idea suggested there is to administer jabs to people in their cars outside clinics.  That seems like a very good idea to me.


 
 
 
 


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  #2450026 30-Mar-2020 12:58
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As above. If you need to contact your GP or pharmacy contact them first and arrange a time.

 

If you have COVID-19 symptoms make sure to let them know in advance. 

 

Do not turn up at your GP or pharmacy and put everyone there at risk.





 

 

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  #2450027 30-Mar-2020 12:59
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What really frustrates me about these discussions here and elsewhere is nothing I see applies to me at all. I am over 70, live on an isolated rural farm, am a half-hour drive (each way) from town and the nearest shops, doctor, vet, what have you. I rang my doctor twice about flu jabs and was told they didn't have any yet and to ring back. Now I also wonder if I should bother. My isolation is such that I have almost no exposure. Should I drive all the way into town where I will have exposure, regardless of how careful they are? I don't want the flu but I really don't want Covid19, which is a horrible death for us old people who already don't breathe all that well. I am also totally dependent on others for any shopping or other chores. I keep seeing expert advice I can't possibly follow in my situation. It doesn't inspire confidence. Again, not everyone lives in town. Not everyone over 70 lives in town. Not everyone has younger friends/family/neighbours to do things for them. It all gets a bit wearing. God knows what it will be like when the weeks turn to months.

 

 

 

 





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  #2450030 30-Mar-2020 13:01
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What really frustrates me about these discussions here and elsewhere is nothing I see applies to me at all. I am over 70, live on an isolated rural farm, am a half-hour drive (each way) from town and the nearest shops, doctor, vet, what have you. I rang my doctor twice about flu jabs and was told they didn't have any yet and to ring back. Now I also wonder if I should bother. My isolation is such that I have almost no exposure. Should I drive all the way into town where I will have exposure, regardless of how careful they are? I don't want the flu but I really don't want Covid19, which is a horrible death for us old people who already don't breathe all that well. I am also totally dependent on others for any shopping or other chores. I keep seeing expert advice I can't possibly follow in my situation. It doesn't inspire confidence. Again, not everyone lives in town. Not everyone over 70 lives in town. Not everyone has younger friends/family/neighbours to do things for them. It all gets a bit wearing. God knows what it will be like when the weeks turn to months.

 

 

Don't just drive there - as above, contact first. Pharmacies should have the flu vaccine, our daughter got hers on Saturday (mild asthma).





 

 

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  #2450031 30-Mar-2020 13:01
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76 new confirmed cases today. No extra deaths today. 589 confirmed and suspected case.





 

 

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  #2450033 30-Mar-2020 13:05
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@Rikkitic:

 

What really frustrates me about these discussions here and elsewhere is nothing I see applies to me at all. I am over 70, live on an isolated rural farm, am a half-hour drive (each way) from town and the nearest shops, doctor, vet, what have you. I rang my doctor twice about flu jabs and was told they didn't have any yet and to ring back. Now I also wonder if I should bother. My isolation is such that I have almost no exposure. Should I drive all the way into town where I will have exposure, regardless of how careful they are? I don't want the flu but I really don't want Covid19, which is a horrible death for us old people who already don't breathe all that well. I am also totally dependent on others for any shopping or other chores. I keep seeing expert advice I can't possibly follow in my situation. It doesn't inspire confidence. Again, not everyone lives in town. Not everyone over 70 lives in town. Not everyone has younger friends/family/neighbours to do things for them. It all gets a bit wearing. God knows what it will be like when the weeks turn to months.

 

 

Min Health update just now says there's vaccine available and the risk groups should have it. If your GP/Dr doesn't have it, contact your pharmacy.





 

 

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  #2450035 30-Mar-2020 13:13
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Had to laugh at the Police Commissioner update... In one case they have people under "managed self-isolation" and another a couple of people didn't oblige to their recommendations so the police "obliged for them".





 

 

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  #2450038 30-Mar-2020 13:23
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Had to laugh at the Police Commissioner update... In one case they have people under "managed self-isolation" and another a couple of people didn't oblige to their recommendations so the police "obliged for them".

 

 

I did too. He's good like that, like the other day, take him to "our place"  He is very good at talking Police talk, in a very engaging way.


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  #2450039 30-Mar-2020 13:23
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Just been informed my office has someone who has now tested positively. Love that for us. Managers say they’ve completed some contact tracing of their own to identify who the person may have been around.




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  #2450041 30-Mar-2020 13:25
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antonknee: Just been informed my office has someone who has now tested positively. Love that for us. Managers say they’ve completed some contact tracing of their own to identify who the person may have been around.

 

 

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  #2450045 30-Mar-2020 13:32
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Today's press conference is in full on RNZ here: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/412921/watch-live-latest-covid-19-national-response-update

 

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield and Police Commissioner Mike Bush today


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  #2450071 30-Mar-2020 14:13
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Did anyone notice in a news article on 3 news where they interviewed people at community check-point in the Far North.  Several people shown talking into the same microphone.  I wonder if they sanitised it (including the foam cover) in between?





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  #2450077 30-Mar-2020 14:27
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MikeAqua:Did anyone notice in a news article on 3 news where they interviewed people at community check-point in the Far North.  Several people shown talking into the same microphone.  I wonder if they sanitised it (including the foam cover) in between?

 

They used to use overhead microphones on a boom. Remember when they used to drop into shot?

 

Why not do that now? A lot harder for droplets to go upwards, especially (Provided there is a breeze etc) if the microphone, interviewer, camera person etc are upwind.


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  #2450099 30-Mar-2020 15:13
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Police have received >4,000 reports of rule-breakers and only arrested 3, and let 2 go without charge (other one had a pre-existing warrant). So effectively in NZ there's no downside to flouting the rules (if you're selfish and don't care about the disease itself). This is very disappointing - we are all aware that there are many instances of rule-breaking, and this will only continue if violators aren't made an example of.


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