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CORONA VIRUS

CORONAVIRUS
People seeking assistance with finding temporary accommodation for self-isolation should call the Temporary Accommodation Service on 0508 754 163.
Key telephone numbers
• COVID-19 Healthline 0800 358 5453
• For general health issues, phone your doctor.
• For emergencies dial 111.
• If you feel anxious or just need someone to talk to call or text 1737.
• Elder Abuse Helpline 0800 32 668 65

IF YOU FEEL SICK
If you have shortness of breath or a fever or cough, or if you had recent contact with someone who had shortness of breath or a fever or cough, please tell a nurse, doctor or other health care professional as soon as possible. Contact the provider before you arrive at the provider's office or emergency room, and tell them about your symptoms.
*In rare cases, the virus can lead to severe respiratory problems, kidney failure or death, so contact your doctor promptly if you have symptoms.

PREPPERS HAVE A MOMENT!
Forget the panic. Everywhere you look, you see the fallout from coronavirus. There is a difference between logical response and panicked reaction. On one hand, you could be provident and prepared for any potential emergency, including an earthquake or fire, and on the other hand, you could be in a giant line to hoard toilet paper. Whether the virus itself is weaker than advertised or overhyped isn’t of significance anymore.
 

You dont need to hoard a ton of supplies. Simply make sure you have between two and four weeks of food, housing essentials like toilet paper, and medicines. Even if you don’t need a months worth of rice, perhaps a neighbour will be thankful you were able to help.

As far as food goes, non-perishable items like pasta, noodles, rice and canned goods are the best idea. Coronavirus is unlikely to disrupt our electricity, but for general emergencies like an earthquake, it’s not a good idea to have frozen food for emergency readiness. However, in this case, coronavirus may disrupt your ability to go to the grocery store, so frozen foods might be a tastier option to have on hand than another heap of rice and pasta. Besides, how many cans of baked beans can you really eat.

The hoarders wiping out store shelves of toilet paper, water, bread and other items are hurting their neighbours. They’re also not logical, since stores have to restock their shelves. Keep this in mind in case you want something that hoarders snatched.

Rattled economies go hand-in-hand with spikes in crime. It’s important to develop good morale in a community. As far as enforcement, people can offer to keep watch for each other, since there will be so many people, especially kids, at home for a few weeks. The stronger our neighborhood networks, the less prevalent crime will be.

Lastly, the matter of health is a concern. You can help yourself by doing what you can now to boost your immune system. This includes vitamins and healthy eating. Have those reaction medications ready, but don’t make a habit of them, since many of them are simply overdoses of things like Vitamin C, which aren’t good for you to take in such high quantities over a long term. Improving your health with walks can also step up your immunity.

Remember that this isn’t a zombie apocalypse waiting to happen, but a medical concern where the authorities want to reduce the rate of infection. Their goal is to ensure hospitals aren’t overwhelmed by swarms of high-risk patients. We’re all going to be OK, but the economic ride is about to get bumpy.

The best way through this is with a level head.


TRANSMISSION AND DIAGNOSIS
The virus that causes COVID-19:
*Usually spreads from close person-to-person contact through respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing.
*May also spread through airborne transmission, when tiny droplets remain in the air even after the person with the virus leaves the area.
*Can only be diagnosed with a laboratory test.

SYMPTOMS MAY DEVELOP WITHIN 14 DAYS OF EXPOSURE AND INCLUDE*:

COUGH
FEVER
SHORTNESS OF BREATH

THE BEST WAYS TO PROTECT YOURSELF

Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Cough or sneeze into a tissue or flexed elbow, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick, sneezing or coughing.
Stay home when you are ill.
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that people frequently touch.

FACE MASKS
Only wear a face mask if you have respiratory symptoms or are caring for someone with respiratory symptoms.

Coronavirus: Guidance for Better Mental Health
Coronavirus and the social, financial and psychological implications it carries can seriously impact one’s mental wellbeing. It’s of the utmost importance that we try to remain as composed as we can during this time and it is crucial that everyone has access to mental health resources. This UK based website provides information to help guide us through this unsettling time in caring for our mental health.
Coronavirus: Guidance for Better Mental Health

NEW ZEALAND DISASTER SURVIVAL GUIDE
Many families have had their lives changed forever by disasters in New Zealand in recent years. Having a survival plan could go a long way to helping your family during and after a disaster in New Zealand. Learn how to prepare your home and family for survival in a disaster in New Zealand.