Bottle Lake, Christchurch

1 day ago

Covid-19: Older, vulnerable Kiwis urged to ‘hunker down’ when Omicron cases peak

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

From reporter Cate Broughton:
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Older and vulnerable people are being encouraged to “hunker down” in their homes during the peak of the Omicron virus, by some health experts – but others say this isn’t necessary.

New Zealand epidemiologist Professor Tony … View more
From reporter Cate Broughton:
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Older and vulnerable people are being encouraged to “hunker down” in their homes during the peak of the Omicron virus, by some health experts – but others say this isn’t necessary.

New Zealand epidemiologist Professor Tony Blakely is based at Melbourne University and says he encouraged his nearly 80-year-old parents – who live in Rotorua – to stay at home when Omicron cases climb and the virus becomes endemic.

However, Cancer Society medical director Kate Gregory said there was not enough evidence to support giving this advice to cancer patients.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed there was community transmission of the Omicron variant in New Zealand.

The Ministry of Health on Monday reported confirmed Omicron cases in the Nelson-Tasman region, Auckland and Palmerston North.

Blakely said he talked to his parents about continuing their usual activities while using a N95 mask, but “hunkering down” when cases climbed.

“You probably do that for another 10 days until case numbers start to go up in Rotorua, and then you really hunker down. So that’s what we’ve talked about.”

Blakely said “the maths of an epidemic” meant up to half of the population was likely to get infected with Omicron.

“The trick is to make sure the people who get infected are the young ones. So you accept that. You accept there will be hospitalisations associated with that.

But to minimise the hospitalisations, the mortality and morbidity – a bit like trench warfare – you send over the young ones, and you hunker down the oldies and those with co-morbidities.”

Blakely said his parents, who are double vaccinated and have had their booster, had already decided to stay at home when cases climbed.

But he said it was hard to say how long this period should last.

New Zealand’s traffic light setting of red – the highest level of restrictions under the traffic light system –would help to slow the spread of Omicron, and protect essential services from being overwhelmed, but this would also mean the peak of the virus would last longer, Blakely said.

“Here’s the deep irony, the better New Zealanders are at flattening the curve, the longer the hunker down will be.”

Blakely acknowledged prolonged periods of isolation for the elderly and vulnerable could have significant mental health impacts.

In Australia, Omicron has taken a huge toll on the aged-care sector with hundreds of outbreaks in aged care homes. But some families have said the lockdowns were overly cautious and too hard on the elderly residents, most of whom were fully vaccinated.

Wellington GP and Royal New Zealand College of General Practice (RNZCGPs) medical director Bryan Betty said the Australian experience of Omicron showed it could peak for as long as four to six weeks.

Betty said most people – including fit older people – would experience a mild to moderate illness, if infected.

“However, the caveat on this is ... we know the biggest risk factor for a poorer outcome from Covid is age, the elderly population in particular are vulnerable to a poorer outcome with Covid.”

Betty said it would be good for older people to consider staying home, with some support from friends and family, “as the case numbers rise” in the community.

Cancer Society medical director Kate Gregory said there was not enough evidence to date to support advising patients to stay home, but this could change “if we see much higher numbers”.

“If, in a week’s time we are seeing thousands and thousands of cases we may be advising people differently. I think the reassuring thing we’ve seen is that Omicron doesn’t seem to cause such severe disease and we know the vaccine provides very good protection.”

Gregory said for cancer patients the best defence is to be vaccinated and for the people in their households to be vaccinated.”

She said in her experience a “vast majority” of cancer patients had received two doses of Covid-19 vaccine, many with a third primary dose.

“It’s a frightening time, and especially for those who are more vulnerable.

"I think as long as people have the vaccine, wear the mask, do the hand-washing and get tested promptly, I think that’s probably fine. At the moment, that’s the advice we’re giving our patients.”

15 hours ago

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Hello neighbours, we have just purchased a 9meter bus to change into a house bus. The closest place to use for storage is just over 20km away. Closer ones will not allow us to work on the initial stages until it will be completed. We are looking for a safe place to park the bus so we can work on … View moreHello neighbours, we have just purchased a 9meter bus to change into a house bus. The closest place to use for storage is just over 20km away. Closer ones will not allow us to work on the initial stages until it will be completed. We are looking for a safe place to park the bus so we can work on it until completed . Should be in approx one year. We have all the gear needed and power tools are battery operated tho at times we will use a generator for some power tools. . Days will be weekdays OR weekends. So access needs to be freely Available please. Times will be daylight hours not nighttime. The bus needs to be on a fairly level gravel or hard surface. Lawn is not suitable. We are offering weekly payment by negotiation. 0278567891 Sylvia & Steve

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“As far back as I can remember, I was fascinated by food.” This is what I heard the young woman who carried this message of recovery to me say and I just knew that she knew. I knew that she understood that as much as I wanted to control my eating so I wouldn’t put on any more weight, I just … View more“As far back as I can remember, I was fascinated by food.” This is what I heard the young woman who carried this message of recovery to me say and I just knew that she knew. I knew that she understood that as much as I wanted to control my eating so I wouldn’t put on any more weight, I just couldn’t. I knew that she understood how I would go to sleep at night desperately hoping tomorrow would be different, dreaming that tomorrow I would win the battle against food and despairing that I would never lose weight. I knew that she understood that I never did ever win that battle, always at some point in the day I would just give in and start eating and not be able to stop. I knew she understood that I had been dieting and struggling with food my entire life.

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4 hours ago

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Hi Neighbours,

This client had some concerns about welding these headers due to the metal being quite thin. That wasn't a problem for us and we go it done.

At Sirius Welding Limited we do general metal repair, welding and small fabrication.

If you would like a free no obligation quote… View more
Hi Neighbours,

This client had some concerns about welding these headers due to the metal being quite thin. That wasn't a problem for us and we go it done.

At Sirius Welding Limited we do general metal repair, welding and small fabrication.

If you would like a free no obligation quote please call us on 0210771276

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12 hours ago

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1 day ago

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Hi Everyone
My hairdresser has moved to the Gold Coast so I’m looking for someone new.
Preferably south of the waimak
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Not in a Mall & reasonably priced..
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7 days ago

‘It’s not a shed’, say landlords after one-bedroom property provokes ire online

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

It’s been branded a “glammed-up garden shed”, but a $420 per week one-bedroom Christchurch property will be snapped up by the end of the week, say the owners.

The newly-built 42-square-metre home in Nayland St, Sumner, is close to the shops and two blocks from the beach.

But some locals … View more
It’s been branded a “glammed-up garden shed”, but a $420 per week one-bedroom Christchurch property will be snapped up by the end of the week, say the owners.

The newly-built 42-square-metre home in Nayland St, Sumner, is close to the shops and two blocks from the beach.

But some locals questioned the weekly rental cost after the Trade Me listing was shared on the suburb's community Facebook page. Continue reading here.

1 day ago

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2 days ago

COVID Red Update

The Sterling, Kaiapoi

Following the Government’s announcement yesterday, we are now in the RED category of the Traffic Light COVID-19 Protection Framework due to the community spread of Omicron.

You can read our full COVID-19 update by visiting the blog page on our website.

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2 days ago

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Join us on 20/21 February at our city’s brand new Convention Centre, Te Pae, to experience a new and exciting world where anything is possible. From climate change initiatives to robotics, gaming and virtual reality. Come explore what’s now available, and in the future.

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3 days ago

Hairdresser

Debbie from Spencerville

Hi Everyone
My hairdresser has moved to the Gold Coast so I’m looking for someone new.
Preferably south of the waimak
Any recommendations
Not in a Mall & reasonably priced..
Thanks

4 days ago

Thank you!!

Gill from North New Brighton

A big thank you to everyone who donated blankets to Dogwatch 🐶❤️🐶
I have dropped them off and they were very much needed and appreciated!!

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4 days ago

SELECTION OF WOMEN’S CLOTHING

Gill from North New Brighton

Selection of women’s tunics, dresses, skirts, t-shirt, baseball cap, dress & jumper.
Various designs and size. Some are genuine designer labels & some are brand new!! Price, info & size posted on the photo.
All are in excellent condition from a smoke free home.
Pick up is in New … View more
Selection of women’s tunics, dresses, skirts, t-shirt, baseball cap, dress & jumper.
Various designs and size. Some are genuine designer labels & some are brand new!! Price, info & size posted on the photo.
All are in excellent condition from a smoke free home.
Pick up is in New Brighton.

Negotiable

4 days ago

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