Divided many of our whanau will die.
It’s that simple.
The government made a really good decision today to start locking down our country
If we accept this essential period of isolation as something we just have to do and If we think of others as well as ourselves ,we can save thousands of Kiwi families a lot of heartache and misery.
We may even come out the otherside more focused on the really important values in life and more united as a nation.
Please stop panic buying -especially groceries. There will be food for all of us over the coming weeks. Also big crowds,especially in confined spaces, is how viruses like Covt 19 spread!
And please think of the health workers and emergency services personnel. We’ll be relying heavily on them in the coming weeks and it isn’t fair that when they come off a long shift the shelves at the supermarket have been skinned out until the next truck arrives ( which it will!)..
Most importantly please follow ALL the public health guidelines on how to protect yourself and others
•Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues.
•Put used tissues in a lined bin or a bag immediately.
Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds).
•Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
•Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
•Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, sharing cups or food with sick people.
•Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.
•Stay home if you feel unwell.
Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you have any symptoms and have been recently been overseas or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19.
People who have recently been overseas, or who may have been exposed to COVID-19, are required to self-isolate to keep their communities safe.
If you arrived in New Zealand in the last 14 days, you should self-isolate for 14 days from the date you departed the last country you visited.
If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 you should self-isolate for 14 days from the date of close contact.
We know from other outbreaks that self-isolation is effective, and most people are good at keeping themselves – and others – safe and well. To find out more, see our Self-isolation resource.
More information for contacts of cases in New Zealand is available at Contact tracing for COVID-19.
Dedicated Healthline 0800 number for COVID-19 health advice and information
The number is 0800 358 5453 (or for international SIMs +64 9 358 5453).
It is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
This isn’t a happy story but the ending does not have to be tragic
Please lead your friends and whanau through this difficult time by getting them to do the right thing.
Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.