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Daily review 20/03/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, March 20th, 2020 - 48 comments
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  1. Bill 1

    A little dark humour for this evening…

  2. pat 2

    sapiens my arse

  3. BM 3

    How long till lockdown?
    What’s the trigger point

    • McFlock 3.1

      You think there's a single definitive trigger point, or a single "lockdown" state?

      There's not.

      There are a range of circumstances where a range of greater restrictions might apply in a range of areas, from a small locality to nationwide. We are already facing many restrictions.

      As the circumstances change we might face more restrictions, and as time progresses we might face fewer restrictions (e.g. good drug treatment becomes evident, or a vaccine, or maybe the disease profile changes because less debilitating strains become dominant).

      All most of us can do is hold onto the seatbelt and watch the world roll past the windscreen, and hope the car safety specialists know what they're doing.

      • Sabine 3.1.1

        All most of us can do is hold onto the seatbelt and watch the world roll past the windscreen, and hope the car safety specialists know what they're doing.

        we are pretty much fucked then.

        The trigger will be when we double our cases of ill every four days as it happens pretty much elsewhere and our hospitals are overwhelmed and without safety equipment as they are int he States, England, France, Italy and when we have people dying.

        So i would venture a guess pretty soon, a week maybe?

        California just shut down. NY is gonna be a basket case, Africa is gearing up to be very interesting. And we took way to long to even acknowledge that this thing could come here and wreck havoc and now are simply in mitigation mode. Containment is not possible anymore.

        Several people today telling me about their family members in lock down. Those that have sleep outs are somewhat ok, those that are locked up with potentially ill people now have a great chance of falling ill themselves.

        • McFlock

          Maybe we are, maybe it's acrash we walk away from without a scratch, or with minor injuries.

          Ed was worried that by now we'd have 4,000-odd cases, like Italy had after the same period.

          We're just entering swordfish's estimated period for the first death (3-4 weeks from first confirmed case). Maybe as prognosticators the swordfish is mightier than the ed.

          So I don't know. It's not a time-elapsed thing, it's a milestone that can happen at any time.

          What I do know is that anyone who wants to survive 2020 might think of moderating their stress levels, because a popped subdural artery will kill you deader than a virus you have a good chance of not catching, even under the most pessimistic projections.

          I'm not religious, but the Serenity Prayer has the right vibe. I just look for it in myself, rather than asking God for it.

          • Sabine

            mate, i am gonna go to hell in all the religions and i don't mind.

            The reason we don't have '4000 odd cases' is that we don't test enough, and as per people those that call to get tested get an answer machine.

            So that is a bit like the US today, this morning 9000 cases, this arvo 16.000 and California under shutdown.

            As for moderating stress levels, well the government could help with that but so far they have done fuck all.

            They could legalise weed by emergency degree, now that would help people to 'de-stress', (and yeah, no gummi bears, that would be too naughty and we can't have naughty), but thats not gonna happen.

            They could ask the IRD to send money to people to stay at home,

            but ….air planes or people….decision decisions…….

            and we only have so much money, so planes it is.

            But the booze lobby is wetting themselves, as are the banks, the supermarkets, and the gangs that sell the unregulated and untaxed drugs, and so on and so forth.

            So don't worry McFlock, a few deserving people will survive and even get much richer, and no, never would i blame the government for not regulating and such, i shall blame capitalism as advised earlier.

            • McFlock

              If we have 4,000 cases, why don't we have all our ICU beds full of people with pneumonia etc that nobody has thought to check as being covid-19?

              Or do we actually have 4,000 cases, but the strain with community release is more mild that what the rest of the world seems to be experiencing? In which case… actually, would that make us immune to the more lethal strains, too? Cowpx/smallpox style?

              • Sabine

                Well because as they say, not everyone will show symptoms, not everyone will get ill. That is my guess, and i would also assume that people stay home when they get ill initially and many will get better within a few days and not think twice about the funny bug they cought.

                But a wee story from today. My partner usually always has a security guard with him when he goes to fix broken bank machines. That security guard has a girl live in the house who has a dry cough and high fever. So when he told this he was advised to call the Hotline number and see if she could get tested. Now she was not overseas etc etc and was told to do nothing. Stay home, isolate, oh, and her GP then told her to go and get a blood tests at the local labto make sure her blood issues don't act up. She takes a blood thinner. Now think of that. Isolate, but please go to the local clinic for a blood test. Stupidity and idiocy are us it seems.

                I have a few friends in the states, many of whom had really weird 'flu' this winter. They are now wondering if they had the virus, and chances are they did, but it did not get tested, they got better blahblahblah.

                So essentially we could already have many people carrying the virus, spreading it unwittingly by going to work, to shop, to live life.

                And this is why i am so pissed at the government, they should know that, and they should give all of us that would like to go home and stay home the option and the financial security to do so. If you need to raise a 'solidarity tax" (done in Germany after the fall of the wall to pay for it all) then so be it. After all China did show us how it needs to be done.

                But the best way to stop this thing in its tracks is shut down, for up to 8 -12 weeks – and again the earlier the better – and tell people to stay home.

                Hence why i wanted a rent/mortgage/lease freeze, because at the end of the day, the thing that we don't want is sick people wandering the streets because they have been evicted, and half of our economy in the tank because all of our small businesses have to exhaust all other means before they apply to the on the dole – a potential 375.000 new beneficiaries.

                they should have told us to go home, set up an ap, or web page to apply for your IRD payment and stay the fuck at home.

                They did nothing.

                • McFlock

                  Shutting the country down for three months over a disease that apparently has a hospitalisation rate of less than 1 in 4,000 (because we have this hoard of hidden cases that aren't going to hospital) seems excessive.

                  If we left it to cover 60% of the population over a few months, we could probably manage it relatively reasily, something like 500 patients in that timeframe?


                  If it's got a 20% serious complication rate and the government has actually done very well at keeping the wolf from the door, good on the government.

                  Besides, if we just shut down, citizens might still come back from overseas after the shutdown. Or it jumps ship. Or gets in some other way. And we're back to where we are now.

                  • Sabine

                    i base my assumption on what i see overseas.

                    so unless we prove otherwise the most dire scenario is 3 month, the best case 4 weeks. Our saving grace is that we are at the bottom of the world, a small population and other then a few centres are not densly populated. . Disclaimer: I am german and thus always inclined to operate from the worst scenario cause if it is better then its a bonus.

                    I also would expect the virus to 'come ' back every now and then until we find a vaccine that works, or medication that works.

                    I personally would just like to know what about this virus it is that has our selected overlords of the planet so shit scared that they happily lock up people into their homes and crash the worlds economy while at it. (mind some republican had fun dumping stocks and making money…..so what do i kno 🙂 )

                    Ideally, we keep anyone out of the hospital that does not really need it, home care.

                    Japan basically told its people to go home, if you have a cough and fever stay home, only go to the hospital if you have a fever over 39.5 degree (101 f) for two days.

                    Even pull a Bojo, and let it run its course – controlled if we could. But i am not the one shutting down countries, closing borders, crashing the economy. I am just someone who is pissed that easter ain't gonna happen ( and as a chocolatier easter is the best! so much fun) i am pissed that my friends are scared of loosing the businesses that they have spend years building up, and i am pissed at this government not doing anything other tehn bailing our an airline who should have been left to die many years ago.

                    so my CT is simple as , they underfunded the health care sector so much that they actually can't deal with a really bad flu. They don't have the equipment, the masks, the gloves, the suits, etc etc etc and they are worried that if we all get ill at once and need health care we are gonna bankrupt what little health services we have.

                    • McFlock

                      What scares them isn't that it's a really bad flu.

                      What scares them is that it's worse than that.

                      You want to crash an economy? Constantly maintain 15,000 negative-pressure rooms that will be obsolete by the time they are used once in a hundred years. And do that for every possible, conceivable disaster. People complained enough about EQC levy, let alone volcano/pandemic/asteroid/hurricane levies on top of that.

                    • Sabine

                      @ McFlok : What scares them is that it's worse than that.

                      this is my guess, and then they should come clean.

                      people may complain, they do that all the time 🙂 , but at the end of the day we need to finally understand and accept that we have the infrastructure that we pay for. So if we don't want to pay for hospitals, and equipment such as standard hazmat suits, masks etc, then we should not expect care to be given by nurses and doctors.

                      And maybe just maybe our government will grow some guts – no guts no glory as they say – and implement that wealth tax, that capital gains tax, because at the end of it, that is what they should do. And fuck it that maybe people don't like them. As it is now, they are alienating anyone who is not a beneficiaries (and even there i wold not hold my breath) or a CEO of a bankrupt air company.

                    • McFlock

                      Oh, fie on tax policy right now.

                      The govt has been upfront about the threat, and so has damned near everyone else. We all know the basic math if left unchecked: 60-odd% infection, ~1% case fatality rate, in the first wave. 25,000 NZers dead.

                      We also know the problem if the country is under heavy restriction, nobody in the streets, nobody at work, for three months. Millions of NZers without food or power over winter.

                      So we need to find a balance between the two, preferably staving off one while avoiding the other. That changes according to the situation, and that's why they have daily briefings.

                      So cgt and ubi debates, frankly, can hie themselves to a nunnery for the duration.

                    • Sabine

                      McFlock, we can discuss this endlessly, but we have a 50/50 chance of getting out of there lightly. Best case scenario.

                      and we have a 50% chance of a shit show and how are you going to keep people fed and warm and inside.

                      Its not conspiracy theory either as it is unfolding live in front of our eyes affecting directly our world. So roll the dice. Up its you, down its me.

                    • McFlock

                      Feeding NZ isn't the problem.

                      The problem is people making the extensive economic damage (which will kill people as badly as a pandemic) even worse by crapping their daks over the worst case scenario when there's no evidence we're any more likely to go there than get the best case scenario.

                      That means people inducing shortages for other people by panic-buying, when there would be enough for everyone if we all shopped normally.

                      US, UK, and most of Europe are well in the shit. Some of that is because they were hit early, before it was sequenced or we had tests. Some of it was because they had advisors tell them what they wanted to here, that the best thing was to do nothing. But we're an island. We have a non-porous border, and we had good notice and tests before we had our first case. We export food, and we have a sudden drop in tourists to feed. We're not going to starve. Other places might. But we will have a lot of businesses go under, especially if everyone's too terrified to go anywhere.

            • BM

              I went through what you're going through back in 2008.

              It's tough. you pay all this tax, yet you won't get help until you basically crash and burn.

              That's unfortunately just the way it works n NZ it's the proverbial ambulance of the cliff

              • Sabine

                i am gonna survive, due to me being tinny as and loath to take up loans i am good. The biggest worry is my lease – i spend quite a bit of money on getting my premises that i leased up to standard and licensed- but if i have too i can dip into my retirement savings. My lease also expires in December so i could just simply let it expire and see if i can turn my garage into a kitchen and get it lisenced. At least then the lease i pay goes towards my mortgage.

                I am pissed for the others on my block, the hair dresser, the garage, the bakery, the dairy, the take away, i am pissed for the little businesses in my town. I am pissed for the young dudes that slaved for years working for others, doing the night market to get enough money up to open their own little joint – you know just enough money for teh bills and for them so they too can have a live and a family and a place to live.

                there is no ambulance at the bottom of the cliff, there is a pack of paracetamol and when it hurts to much you apply at winz for a one pill to kill some of the pain. And frankly i rather hang myself then ever give myself over to Winz.

              • I Feel Love

                Well tax ain't insurance is it.

        • Psycho Milt

          So i would venture a guess pretty soon, a week maybe?

          Could you outline the logic behind your assessment that we're going to go from a few cases known to have come in from overseas and reasonably well isolated, to our hospitals being overwhelmed, in the next week?

      • Psycho Milt 3.1.2

        You think there's a single definitive trigger point, or a single "lockdown" state?

        Lol, good question, we can't even agree on what a lockdown would consist of at my workplace, let alone the whole fucking country.

    • Anne 3.2

      If the virus gets into the population with no links to recent overseas travel.

      It would probably be introduced step by step as the need arises. Hopefully there will be no full blown lockdown as has occurred in Italy.

      We can do no more than cross our fingers and follow instructions – washing hands, keeping physical distance of 2 metres (so hard to remember) and generally being sensible.

      Edit: oops McFlock beat me to it and rather more colourfully. 🙂

      • I Feel Love 3.2.1

        Yes, we're all as clueless as the next person, this is a fairly unprecedented thing, if 6 months ago someone suggested we get ready and prepare for such a thing would anyone here taken it seriously? I just saw a G W Bush speech from when he was president saying such a pandemic could happen. Just calm down, our experts and leaders are just human like the rest of, trying their best, in a very strange and ever changing situation. Are we fucked? Quite possibly, or maybe like always, we will adapt, and cope. I'm a working wage earning solo father with school age kids living in South Dunedin, I just cant think of anything else to do but look after my kids and I, keep an eye on my elderly neighbours, and hope for the best.

        • McFlock

          I dunno, I'm here right now and I still can't take seriously the fact that the first thing people hoarded globally was toilet paper.

          Good luck to you and yours.

          • I Feel Love

            I think the supermarkets have acted superbly actually! They could be price gouging, they could not bother with the rationing, because money, but there are still specials, the staff are excellent. My kids schools are calm and communicating with us parents, my work place has appropriate safety gear and hand sanitizer at every entry way, as do most business places.

            • Sabine

              totally agree,

              the supermarket staff at our locals here are epic. Polite, smiling, (even tho they are worried themselves), helpful and so patient.

              They should be given huge bonuses, hopefully.

              • I Feel Love

                and teachers, and cleaners!

                • Sabine

                  yep, and nurses and doctors and your local shops that all try to keep it together and keep a semblance of normal.

                  • I Feel Love

                    Chatting to an Australian nurse, their leave has all been cancelled and they can't travel interstate. They're very calm, the situation changes every 4 hours, there are new guidelines for hospital staff that if they catch it once, they go on leave, as they have found overseas the more often you catch it the higher the chance of mortality. She said "info on infection control measures in health care seem to be implementing faster over there, that's def in NZs favour". Though they are getting ready for numbers to dramatically increase in the next few weeks.

                    • Sabine

                      yes, well if it attacks the lungs every single time at one stage the lung is done for.

                      so that might be what they are so scared of. It will kill us eventually.

                      As for the nurses? Increase their pay. If they ask where the money should come from they can tax Mike Hoskins, Gareth Morgan, and all the other tax avoiders a wealth tax. You know, to show solidarity to those that move the boat forward.

            • McFlock

              Centre City New World has a big display down by the deli section tonight – full pallets of baked beans, tinned spagghetti, and canned fruit salad.

              What people were overbuying over the last week lol

              • Graeme

                We're the same here, had loo paper on special for a week, then canned tomatoes got bought out, now they are on special. The computerised stock control must be causing the supermarkets huge grief. At least all the runs are on non-perishables, apart from bread.

                Our frozen veges were sold out today, be some good deals going there in a week or so.

                • McFlock

                  I wonder if the stock control programs base loss-leader specials on demand surges? I just thought the pricing was a little bit of snark 🙂

                  I did notice sundried tomatos were empty tonight. Upper middle class must be panicking lol

  4. SPC 4

    Something not well noted is how much of the pandemic in China was in Wuhan and surrounding Hubei. And how effective this was quarantined from the rest of China.

    • Sabine 4.1


    • RedLogix 4.2

      And exactly why did WHO's Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spend weeks telling there was no need to stop international travel, all the while praising China's response that primarily involved shutting tens of millions into their appartments and stopping all travel within China?

      When he knew that virus's don't know the difference between the borders of a city and a country?

      When he knew millions had evaded the initial Hubei lockdown?

      When he knew the silent transmission characteristic that made it certain the virus would get out of China?

      If the rest of the world had stopped all international travel out of China at the start of Feb, instead of now, we would not be facing this crisis. Instead China insisted that any such travel ban would be 'racist', while at the same time imposing the same draconian travel bans domestically.

      These are not actions in good faith. Some hard questions need answers.

  5. Cinny 5

    Will leave this here

    The Ministry of Health has set up an email address directed to health immigration and police for those with confirmed cases and also breaches of self-isolation and mass gatherings.

    The email address is nhccselfisolation@health.govt.nz.

    Contacted council today re overseas freedom campers, they are going to look into finding out which ones are recent arrivals and not self isolating.

    A friend spoke with some freedom campers today and a number of them had decided it was safer in NZ than to return to home.

  6. Ad 6

    For the employed of us, the real helplessness starts on Monday.

    All Auckland Council group staff are working from home, and of course the Skype will be intermittent at best.

    All tourist companies will be putting their people on leave or just firing them.

    Even the companies with people who are building massive infrastructure and can't work from home will get very close to being sent home.

    So many of the suppliers will go down, from the caterers to the hairdressers to retail to travel.

    Auckland central is a ghost town.

    • Yeah, our BCP boldly states people can work from home because we have Office365, SharePoint and mostly web-based specialist apps. This week have been talking with managers living in rural idylls with "broadband" that's more like dial-up, staff who can't remember how old their home computer is but it's more than 10 years, and one guy who doesn't even own a mobile phone, let alone a computer. Most I wouldn't trust to find an application on their computer that didn't have a desktop icon, let alone download and set up Skype for Business. My official assessment is that we meet the requirements of the BCP to a significant extent, my unofficial one is that we are so, so screwed.

    • roblogic 6.2

      Air NZ will be significantly downsizing, they've asked staff to take redundancy, reduced hours, or take unpaid leave. I guesstimate 50%+ headcount reductions (from 10,000 staff to around 5K)

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