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How To Respond To A Spike In COVID-19

Sunday, 17 May 2020, 5:08 pm | Covid-Plan B

Epidemiologist Simon Thornley says it’s likely that there will be a rise in COVID-19 cases in New Zealand, so while there is no need to return to national lockdown, protection of vulnerable people is necessary “Internationally lockdowns have not prevented ... More >>

What You Need To Know About Covid-19 Testing Under Level 2

Sunday, 10 May 2020, 4:42 pm | Covid-Plan B

Epidemiologist Simon Thornley says widespread serology testing for antibodies is necessary if New Zealand goes to Level 2 The Covid19 Plan B group has provided the public with vital information on how immunity is gained from exposure to Covid19, ... More >>

Return To School Given Okay

Sunday, 26 April 2020, 7:20 pm | Covid-Plan B

Simon Thornley, epidemiologist with the Covid Plan B Group, says parents who need to send their children to school this week should not be fearful, as the chance of exposure to Covid-19 is very low and their chance of being harmed if they catch it ... More >>

Elimination “Unique, Brave And Unneccessary”

Friday, 24 April 2020, 1:25 pm | Covid-Plan B

Simon Thornley, epidemiologist with the Covid Plan B Group, says the Government’s shift into a hardline elimination or zero spread objective against Covid, is “unique and brave”. Thornley says he admires the willingness of New Zealanders to undertake ... More >>

No One Has A Monopoly On Being Right

Wednesday, 22 April 2020, 3:03 pm | Covid-Plan B

As a scientist I am trained to think critically, to evaluate evidence, and ask questions – lots and lots of questions. That’s my job. In March 2020 the World Health Organization predicted that 3.6% of those infected with COVID-19 would die. New Zealand’s own ... More >>

Suicides And Other Costs From Lockdown

Wednesday, 22 April 2020, 9:15 am | Covid-Plan B

Gerhard Sundborn, Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, says the Plan B group is receiving information from across New Zealand indicating the real human tragedy of lockdown is greater than the lives which may have been saved. In a post ... More >>

Data Gives Hope For Quick End To Lockdown

Sunday, 19 April 2020, 12:41 pm | Covid-Plan B

A week after sparking the first serious debate in New Zealand about the best way of beating Covid-19, the public health professionals of the Plan B group say international data shows the virus is abating and New Zealand can safely shift even to Level 2. ... More >>

Unseen Costs Of Covid-19 Not Being Counted

Wednesday, 15 April 2020, 10:48 am | Covid-Plan B

University of Auckland Economist Dr Ananish Chaudhuri says the immediate emotional power of people dying with the disease could lead New Zealand into an extension of the Covid-19 lockdown with dire consequences, including more deaths. Chaudhuri, who ... More >>