Tagged: coronavirus

The need for a robust scientific definition for the elimination of COVID-19 from New Zealand - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert May 05, 2020

Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson, Prof Shaun Hendy, Prof David Skegg New Zealand is making good progress towards its elimination goal for COVID-19 at the country-level. In this blog we present the case for a scientific definition of elimination to help guide our national COVID-19 response. The definition must be objectively verifiable, with appropriate levels of testing … Read More

What we would like to see on the Ministry of Health’s website to better inform progress on COVID-19 elimination - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert May 03, 2020

Gordon Purdie, Nick Wilson, Michael G Baker In this blog we analyse data from the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website and display a key graph that we think should be routinely on that website. We also detail a potentially more useful way to categorise case data so that the public and research community can better track progress on the … Read More

Four types of Kiwi at Level 3 - COVID-19

Guest Author Apr 30, 2020

Jacqui Maguire, registered clinical psychologist Recently I was asked to predict how our nation would transition into level 3. My answer was that it’s never best to predict human behaviour when we don’t have an evidence-based blueprint. What I could guarantee is that we will not respond unanimously. As we begin this week at level 3, my educated guess … Read More

Welcome to alert level three. Now let’s finish what we started - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 28, 2020

We wake today at alert level three. We are here because of the incredible job everyone has done while we have been in lockdown at alert level four. No one doubts how hard this has been for so many people. For their mental and physical wellbeing. For their livelihoods. This global pandemic has turned our world upside down. To everyone … Read More

What do we mean we talk about the ‘elimination’ of Covid-19? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 24, 2020

New Zealand is pursuing an ‘elimination’ strategy to counter the coronavirus pandemic. But that word, as with many terms in science, is not necessarily the same as its common usage. Here in Aotearoa New Zealand, our plan is to eliminate Covid-19. We have long since abandoned the “flatten the curve” strategy, which aims to slow the spread of the … Read More

COVID-19 and the global climate emergency - COVID-19

Guest Author Apr 22, 2020

Associate Professor Simon Hales Living in 21st century New Zealand, it is easy to lose sight of the reality that human societies are embedded in a planetary ecosystem, upon which all life on Earth ultimately depends. Human cleverness beguiles us into believing that technology will always provide the answers to human needs. But the Covid-19 pandemic has brought … Read More

Studying the lockdown life - COVID-19

Guest Author Apr 22, 2020

Associate Professor Leah Watkins and Associate Professor Rob Aitken   Living in lockdown is a rare phenomenon, and one that provides a unique opportunity to examine our spending habits. NZ lifestyles under the microscope Researchers at the University of Otago have been conducting an ongoing research programme designed to provide insights into the lifestyles, consumption patterns and behavioural … Read More

Why NZ should consider adopting “mass masking” as an additional step to speed elimination of the Covid-19 pandemic - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Apr 22, 2020

Dr Ling Chan, Dr Sophie Febery Widespread public mask use is common in some Asian countries as a control measure in the current Covid-19 pandemic. There is some suggestive laboratory and epidemiological evidence of benefit for such mask use. Since the costs of mass masking are relatively low and there are no apparent substantial down-sides, it should be given … Read More