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Challenging Child Behaviour During Quarantine - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 9:53 am | Science Media Centre

  Kiwi parents and caregivers will likely be facing their own challenges caring for children as New Zealand enters the second week of nationwide lockdown. The SMC asked experts to comment on what abnormal or challenging behaviour parents ... More >>

The Pressure Of Quarantine On Family Violence – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 7:38 pm | Science Media Centre

Support services have raised alarm bells over the lockdown, saying it could spark more cases of family violence in New Zealand.   Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said this afternoon that nearly half of the $27 million allocated for NGOs and community ... More >>

Understanding The Evidence Behind Quarantine - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 12:32 pm | Science Media Centre

New Zealand, alongside the rest of the world, is having to make unprecedented policy decisions in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. What's the evidence behind it? The SMC asked experts to comment on the evidence behind taking strict quarantine measures ... More >>

Drug And Alcohol Use Under Quarantine - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 10:53 am | Science Media Centre

  The nationwide lockdown raises questions on how New Zealanders will consume both legal and illegal substances during Alert Level 4 restrictions for at least three more weeks. The NZ Drug Foundation has advised regular consumers of alcohol ... More >>

First COVID-19 Death In NZ – Expert Reaction

Sunday, 29 March 2020, 3:42 pm | Science Media Centre

A woman on the West Coast has become the first person in New Zealand to die from COVID-19. The Ministry of Health announced today the woman was in her seventies, and had initially been admitted with what was thought to be influenza complicated ... More >>

COVID-19 And Immunity - Expert Reaction

Friday, 27 March 2020, 1:09 pm | Science Media Centre

  People who become infected with COVID-19 have to fight the disease off with their own immune system. However once the virus has been booted out, it's hoped people will gain a natural immunity , like those infected with influenza do. Antibody ... More >>

The COVID-19 Risk For Rural Communities – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 26 March 2020, 4:26 pm | Science Media Centre

  Cases of COVID-19 are being recorded in rural areas. Will the thinly-stretched health services be able to cope? Today's Ministry of Health update sees new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in small towns like Te Anau, as well as Roxburgh, Cromwell, ... More >>

State Of National Emergency Declared - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 4:18 pm | Science Media Centre

The declaration came into effect at 12.21pm and yesterday an Epidemic Notice was issued, which came into effect just after midnight. Both measures provide powers for Government to move the country to Alert Level 4 at 11.59 tonight. It is the second ... More >>

Technology During Lockdown - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 7:52 pm | Science Media Centre

For at least the next four weeks, many Kiwis will rely on technology for work, learning, recreation and socialising.   The COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown means people are staying connected through the internet and phone lines - but the network ... More >>

NZ Coronavirus Lockdown – Expert Reaction (updated)

Monday, 23 March 2020, 7:41 pm | Science Media Centre

The country will move to the highest COVID-19 alert level on Wednesday. With 36 new coronavirus cases confirmed today, and two previous cases being treated as community transmission, the Prime Minister has announced an immediate rise to COVID-19 Alert ... More >>

NZ Coronavirus Lockdown – Expert Reaction

Monday, 23 March 2020, 4:09 pm | Science Media Centre

The country will move to the highest COVID-19 alert level on Wednesday. With 36 new coronavirus cases confirmed today, and two previous cases being treated as community transmission, the Prime Minister has announced an immediate rise to COVID-19 Alert ... More >>

New Alert System And Possible Community Transmission – Expert Reaction

Saturday, 21 March 2020, 6:06 pm | Science Media Centre

The Prime Minister has announced a new COVID-19 alert system, while two cases are being investigated for possible community transmission. The Prime Minister says we are currently on alert level two - reduce contact - which means limiting domestic ... More >>

Treatment Of COVID-19 Patients – Expert Q+A

Friday, 20 March 2020, 4:43 pm | Science Media Centre

There are now 20 confirmed coronavirus infections in New Zealand – with 12 of them being announced in the last 24 hours. Social distancing and self-isolation have been much talked about methods to slow the disease’s spread and avoid overwhelming ... More >>

Holding Off The COVID-19 Recession – Expert Reaction

Friday, 20 March 2020, 4:38 pm | Science Media Centre

The government has extended a financial lifeline to businesses, employees, and contractors affected by coronavirus self-isolation. The $12.1 billion package is worth 4% of GDP, making it the largest peacetime economic package seen in modern New Zealand. ... More >>

Possible COVID-19 Treatments – Expert Reaction

Friday, 20 March 2020, 4:37 pm | Science Media Centre

  Donald Trump is touting an anti-malaria drug as a possible treatment for COVID-19, but it’s not yet clear how effective it is. A number of other existing drugs are being tested for their effectiveness against coronavirus. If any are found ... More >>

New Border Restrictions To Tackle COVID-19 – Expert Reaction

Sunday, 15 March 2020, 11:09 am | Science Media Centre

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that everyone entering New Zealand from anywhere in the world, excluding the Pacific, will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Cruise ships will also be banned from coming to New Zealand until at least ... More >>

Alcoholics Anonymous Can Be Effective For Abstinence – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 11:20 am | Science Media Centre

  More than two in five participants in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) groups will still be sober a year on, according to a new Cochrane review. The review encompasses 27 studies, with a total of more than 10,000 subjects, that compared AA and 12-step ... More >>

Predator Free 2050 Strategy - Expert Reaction

Monday, 9 March 2020, 9:46 am | Science Media Centre

  The Department of Conservation has released a strategy to reach Predator Free 2050, along with an action plan through to 2025. The predator-free goal focuses on three groups of mammals: possums, three species of rats, plus stoats, ferrets ... More >>

A New Study Highlights The Role Of Live Poultry Markets In The Spread Of Avian Influenza

Tuesday, 3 March 2020, 9:14 am | Science Media Centre

Since it was identified in 1996, one strain of avian influenza (H5N1) has spread to more than 60 countries with a human fatality rate of 50-60 per cent. A new study shows the virus tended to move between nearby provinces especially where there was ... More >>

Needle Exchanges Have Contributed To Reducing Transmission Of The Disease, New Research Suggests.

Thursday, 27 February 2020, 10:11 am | Science Media Centre

Of more than 1650 people diagnosed with HIV between 1996 and 2018, only 2.9 per cent of cases were in people who use needles for drugs—an average of just one HIV diagnosis per year. New Zealand’s needle exchange programme, established in the ... More >>

 

 

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