The Daily Blog Open Mic – Thursday – 25th November 2021

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  1. This us a doozy – https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/456582/charter-schools-use-govt-funding-to-pay-450k-to-owners-before-joining-state-school-system
    I won’t be a spoiler but there must be a financial advice business that can direct anyone who regards the ordinary public as a rich field to exploit. Opportunities for making money from diddling the government like this private school one for instance.

    Governments have signed us up to a protection racket and show no signs of stepping aside for some little hands-on project involving the peeps and not the vogons.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vogon

  2. NZ Covid – highlights from detailed Scoop article which this link will take you to.
    https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC2111/S00069/what-does-the-traffic-light-model-mean-expert-qa.htm

    Michael Plank is a Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and Principal Investigator at Te Pūnaha Matatini, New Zealand’s Centre of Research Excellence in Complex Systems and Data Analytics.
    “We’re also going to need excellent testing and contact tracing systems to manage community outbreaks under the new traffic light system. This should include regular saliva testing of key workers like teachers and healthcare workers. And better use of rapid antigen testing, for example, for close contacts of cases in schools or workplaces. In the UK, rapid antigen tests are widely available for free and this has made a big difference to keeping infectious people out of the community.”…

    “Under-12s – who currently account for around one in five cases – can’t be vaccinated and are exempt from the testing requirement to travel out of Auckland. So families with young children have a higher risk of taking the virus with them when they go away on holiday.

    “Everyone who is travelling this summer should think about taking some precautions to reduce the risk of catching the virus and spreading it to other parts of the country. This might include not visiting regions or communities with low vaccination rates. And avoiding high-risk environments like busy indoor venues for a few days before and after travelling. This applies especially to families travelling with under-12s this summer.”

    Conflict of interest statement: Michael Plank is partly funded by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet for research on mathematical modelling of COVID-19.

    Dr Jalal Mohammed, Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Health, Auckland University of Technology, comments:
    …”However, with the Pasifika second dose rate remaining lower than the general population, caution will need to be exercised. The confusing messaging around the ‘traffic light’ is a missed opportunity to engage with Pasifika communities in a time where social gatherings within the community are expected to increase.
    No conflict of interest.

    Dr Dianne Sika-Paotonu, Immunologist, Associate Dean (Pacific), Head of University of Otago Wellington Pacific Office, and Senior Lecturer, Pathology & Molecular Medicine, University of Otago Wellington, comments:
    …“Even though we are moving into an environment where more people are vaccinated, we still need to be vigilant. Areas remain where there is lower COVID-19 vaccination coverage in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is critical that vaccination levels continue to increase across age groups, geographic locations and all ethnic groups to help keep everyone safe from COVID-19…

    “The best way to protect our children who currently don’t yet have access to a vaccine approved for them, is for everyone around them to get vaccinated. Of those affected by the current Delta outbreak, a total of 1342 or 18% were children aged 9 years and under, who were infected by the virus and ended up with COVID-19 – this also included babies and a 6-week-old.

    “The 12-15 year old age group was the most recent cohort to be added to the vaccination programme and has had less time to get the vaccine, and if the Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is approved for use in children aged 5-11 years, both these young groups must be supported to get vaccinated. Vaccination is still key.”
    No conflict of interest declared.

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