Tagged: coronavirus

Just how widespread is Covid-19 in people with no symptoms? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 22, 2020

Did you hear about the testing of the general population in Iceland for Covid-19 that found that half of the people who tested positive didn’t have any symptoms? When I heard that, the first thing I thought was: shit, there are heaps of people walking around spreading Covid-19! And they don’t even know it, aaargh! I had a similar … Read More

Delight, relief and caution: six experts on New Zealand’s move to ease its coronavirus lockdown - COVID-19

Guest Author Apr 21, 2020

Dougal Sutherland, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington; Arindam Basu, University of Canterbury; Malcolm Campbell, University of Canterbury; Martin Berka, Massey University; Michael Baker, University of Otago, and Richard Shaw, Massey University New Zealand will begin easing its national lockdown from next Tuesday, but only after a five-day extension of some of the world’s strictest COVID-19 restrictions. Read More

Why eliminating Covid-19 is critical: Since more waves of infection, hospitalisations and deaths are inevitable for other countries until a vaccine arrives - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Apr 19, 2020

Prof Rod Jackson (Epidemiologist, Auckland University) There are really only three ways that a population can beat Covid-19. 1. Eliminate the virus and keep infected people out (the approach NZ is taking) 2. Allow a sufficient proportion of the population to get infected and become immune to re-infection so there are no longer enough non-immune people to allow the virus … Read More

Remember the value of our older community members - COVID-19

Guest Author Apr 15, 2020

Professor Christine Stephens I was somewhat alarmed to find myself, as a 70-year-old, suddenly categorised as a member of a particularly vulnerable group.  This is a group of people based only on the number of years that they have lived who have been singled out as needing to be extra careful and isolated earlier than others during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read More

We need rapid progress on digital solutions to help eliminate COVID-19 from New Zealand - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Apr 15, 2020

Dr Tim Chambers, Prof Nick Wilson, Prof Michael Baker In this blog, we discuss some of the emerging technologies New Zealand could adopt to support the country’s COVID-19 elimination strategy. We argue for the prioritisation of technologies to assist with contact tracing, border controls, early diagnosis and surveillance. These technologies present major benefits for the collective effort against COVID-19 … Read More

About those cries of ‘over-reaction’ on NZ’s Covid-19 response - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 15, 2020

A group of six New Zealand academics yesterday announced their “vision for a balanced response” to the Covid-19 pandemic. They are calling that vision “Plan B”. They even have a website and a PR firm attached. They are clearly serious. Their plan is for New Zealand to return “to normality as soon … Read More

COVID-19 and Māori health – when equity is more than a word - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Apr 14, 2020

Dr Paula King,1 Dr Donna Cormack,2,1 Dr Melissa McLeod,3 Associate Professor Ricci Harris,1 Dr Jason Gurney,3 (1Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago; 2Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, The University of Auckland; 3Department of Public Health, University of Otago). As Māori academics, researchers and health professionals, we are extremely concerned about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our … Read More

Testing for COVID-19 in NZ to Achieve the Elimination Goal - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Apr 06, 2020

Nick Wilson,1 Ayesha Verrall,1,2 Len Cook,3 Alistair Gray,3 Amanda Kvalsvig,1 Michael Baker,1 (1epidemiologists, 2infectious disease physician, 3statisticians) In this blog, we raise ideas for how New Zealand might optimise testing to both identify cases in the community as part of the COVID-19 elimination strategy, and to confirm when the virus has been completely eliminated from the country. These are … Read More

Should we all be wearing face masks to prevent Covid-19 spread? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 06, 2020

Maybe you’ve seen the graph that says those countries where everyone wears a mask are the ones that have managed to keep Covid-19 under control? The first thing to say about that claim is that those countries also did lots of other things, too – they acted fast, with intense testing, contact tracing and quarantine. The reality is, when it … Read More

A note on apartments and bubbles - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 03, 2020

As Aotearoa enters week two of lockdown, it’s clear we’re all still working out what our “bubbles” look like and how to stay in them to stop the spread of Covid-19. New to the government’s Covid-19 website is some good guidance for people living in apartment blocks. Recent decades have seen New Zealanders in increasing numbers … Read More