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Mask wearing and social distancing for COVID-19 may be slowing influenza spread

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Evidence continues to mount that the measures taken to defeat COVID-19 might be cutting cases of influenza across the world.

Researchers recently told Scientific American that the coronavirus measures — continued hand-washing, mask-wearing and social distancing — are slowing the spread of the flu.

“The belief is this was the result of wearing masks, more frequent hand-washing, physical distancing and less large gatherings,” Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association told Salon. “Influenza and the common cold are diseases spread person to person in much the same way as SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. So, efforts to reduce COVID-19 have the dual benefit of reducing colds and flu.”

Of course, this doesn’t mean we’re killing off the flu. Experts still recommend flu shots because the flu and COVID-19 remain major threats.

Countries across the Southern Hemisphere — like Australia, New Zealand, as well as countries in South America — reported lower cases of influenza because of the COVID-19 lockdown.

“Never in my 40-year career have we ever seen rates … so low,” Greg Poland, an influenza expert at the Mayo Clinic, told Scientific American.

This has offered “a glimmer of hope as winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere,” according to The Guardian.

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New Zealand’s Ardern lifts coronavirus restrictions in Auckland

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Coronavirus restrictions in New Zealand’s largest city will be lifted this week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday as she expressed confidence a second wave of COVID-19 infections in Auckland has been almost eliminated.

The city will move to alert level 1 from 11.59 p.m. on Wednesday, joining the rest of the country, after reporting no new cases in the Auckland cluster for 10 consecutive days.

“There is now a 95% probability of the cluster being eliminated,” Ardern said at a news conference. “COVID-19 will be with us for many months to come. But we should still mark these milestones.”

New Zealand, a nation of five million, appeared to have stamped out community transmission of COVID-19 earlier this year following a tough nationwide lockdown that was subsequently lifted.

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Australia opens borders between New Zealand and NSW, Northern Territory as coronavirus restrictions ease

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Australia has finalised a deal for a limited travel bubble that would allow people from New Zealand to travel to New South Wales and the Northern Territory, with flights across the Tasman expected to resume in a fortnight.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke to his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern earlier today, agreeing that New Zealanders could visit the jurisdictions from October 16.

However, Ms Ardern is yet to agree to allow Australians into New Zealand, and has warned Kiwis eager to visit Australia they may still have to quarantine upon their return.

Announcing the news, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said stage 1 of a travel zone with New Zealand would see one-way quarantine-free travel into NSW and the NT.

“This is the first stage in what we hope to see as a trans-Tasman bubble between the two countries, not just that state and that territory,” he said.

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Victoria records five new COVID-19 cases as Melbourne lockdown restrictions eased; New South Wales records no new cases

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NSW has recorded no new cases for the second day in a row and Victoria has recorded five new cases, down from 16 yesterday.

Melbourne’s curfew has been lifted today and a number of other restrictions around schools and universities, workplaces, shopping and weddings have also been eased. You can find a full list of what’s changed here.

On its final day, Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry has heard that no special measures were put in place to address the risk of putting positive cases in one ‘hot hotel’, the Rydges on Swanston, insufficient regard was given to the safety of hotel quarantine workers and that the failures of the state’s quarantine system to contain COVID-19 led to 768 deaths and more than 18,000 infections.

Both Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern have said a “travel bubble” with New Zealand and parts of Australia may be possible by Christmas.

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Zero new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand

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Another day of no new cases of COVID-19 has been recorded in New Zealand, the Director-General of Health has revealed.

Tuesday’s figures marks the second consecutive day of no coronavirus cases in the community or in managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facilities.

Dr Ashley Bloomfield says three people remain in hospital – one each in Auckland City, Middlemore, North Shore – though none of these patients are in intensive care.

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New Zealand ends all pandemic restrictions outside main city of Auckland

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday lifted all coronavirus restrictions across the country, except in second-wave hotspot Auckland, as the number of new infections slowed to a trickle.

Some restrictions were also eased in Auckland to allow gatherings of up to 100 people, but the country’s biggest city needed more time before all curbs could be lifted, Ardern said.

“Our actions collectively have managed to get the virus under control,” she told reporters in Auckland. “This was the centre of the outbreak and that’s why that caution is needed here.”

New Zealand, a nation of five million, appeared to have halted community transmission of COVID-19 earlier this year, but a fresh outbreak in Auckland in August prompted the government to place the city back in lockdown.

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New Zealand’s Largest City Exits Lockdown After Bringing Mystery COVID-19 Surge Under Control

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New Zealand’s largest city has exited lockdown after the government said a Covid-19 outbreak there has been brought under control and it remains on track to again eliminate the virus from the community.

Auckland schools and customer-facing businesses re-opened on Monday and a ban on traveling out of the city was lifted, almost three weeks after the outbreak prompted the reintroduction of restrictions. Social distancing requirements remain in place for the whole country under level 2 restrictions and everyone from the age of 12 is now required to wear a mask on public transport.

“Our testing shows that it is highly unlikely there is Covid anywhere else in the country and we want to keep it that way,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said yesterday. “The last thing we want from re-opening Auckland is to spread the virus around the country, and that is one of the reasons we continue to have level 2 settings across New Zealand,” she said. The government expects to further review all alert settings by Sept. 6.

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New Zealand domestic coronavirus cases drop to five

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New Zealand said on Wednesday that it had five new cases of coronavirus in the community, and one in managed isolation facilities.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the drop in cases indicated the country was not seeing a surge of COVID-19 in the community. There were 13 cases reported on Tuesday.

“The roll out of our resurgence plan is working as we intended,” Ardern said, adding there was no intention to raise the level of restrictions in Auckland.

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Personal rant against mainstream media, specifically the Daily Mail

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So earlier today my wife sent me the following post that she had read on the Daily Mail with the question as to how true this was.  My immediate reaction was one of anger as The Daily Mail is a source of clickbait,  exaggeration and sensationalism to generate clicks to their site and media empire, spreading fear and negativity.  

The site I have created here is to showcase positivity and all the good that is happening, very little of which appears on ‘The Daily Mail’ as it doesn’t tend to generate shares and clicks.  People generally are in a frail state mentally due to the Coronavirus crisis and these types of headlines just exacerbates the issue for financial gain.

If we look at the facts for the latest issues in New Zealand :

– There have been 4 confirmed cases in one family unit in one city Auckland.

– Jacinda Ardern has decided to adopt a ‘level three’ lockdown only in Auckland so NOT country wide.

– ‘Level three’ effectively asks people to work at home where possible and only make ‘essential’ trips to the shops. 

– The new level three protocol is only in place for the next THREE DAYS.

– New Zealand prior to this had gone 100 days without ANY cases.

Upon reading the headline people would panic as New Zealand is a kind of ‘poster child’ on how a country should handle the Coronavirus.  This article seems to ‘glory’ in the fact that New Zealand are having to enact lockdown protocols.  

Sensationalised media has no part to play in a pandemic that is not only affecting people physically but also having a dramatic mental toll.  

Shame on you Daily Mail and shame on you Brittany Chain.

Apologies in advance for any grammatical errors, this was written in a fit of pique.

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New Zealand lifts all Covid restrictions, declaring the nation virus-free

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New Zealand has lifted almost all of its coronavirus restrictions after reporting no active cases in the country.

At midnight local time (12:00 GMT), all of New Zealand moved to level one, the lowest of a four-tier alert system.

Under new rules, social distancing is not required and there are no limits on public gatherings, but borders remain closed to foreigners.

New Zealand has reported no new Covid-19 cases for more than two weeks.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters she did “a little dance” when she was told the country no longer had any active virus cases.

“While we’re in a safer, stronger position, there’s still no easy path back to pre-Covid life, but the determination and focus we have had on our health response will now be vested in our economic rebuild,” Ms Ardern said.

“While the job is not done, there is no denying this is a milestone. So can I finish with a very simple, ‘Thank you, New Zealand’.”

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