COVID-19 and MAC: What are you doing differently to protect yourself?

Posted by kathyhg @kathyhg, Thu, Feb 27 8:33am

Is anyone doing anything differently to protect themselves now that we are facing the reality of covid-19?

@heathert

@windwalker sorry but our borders are closed for quite some time, sad that you cant come here but really great for us who live here of course. As we are small we can stamp it out hopefully. There is a few clusters here tho ,1 was a st patricks day party in Matamata, which is a small place and 45 have contracted it from that party from a person who came from overseas, and another a wedding who have around 50 cases also from an overseas guest, obviously very catching! We have 1 death so far and all the ones in hospital are stable thank goodness. Our government have been wonderfull.Stay safe and stay away from your flatmate.Heather

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@heathert Yes Heather, we here in Australia ("across the ditch:, as we say) have almost stopped virus cases too!
We haven't done it as well as New Zealand, but have done it pretty well — with lots of testing, early border lockdowns — even between states, and strict social distancing, many businesses and all public events shutdown since early to mid March.
Unfortunately, lots of jobs have been lost here of course, but health and safety really is a priority — but there's no economic activity anyway if people are too scared by a dangerous and untreatable virus to go out and buy things!
@windwalker Me too, I wish you could come here to protect you better Terri, but Australian borders are closed also, just like in New Zealand.
I guess we all know that we're in this for the long haul — until there is a vaccine or a good treatment.
I really wish it will all be over soon and we're all safe, but there are risks it could come back when we relax restrictions and open up again…..Look what's happened with Singapore — it did so well in earlier, then eased up on restrictions,and is having trouble again now.
Let's hope and pray for a vaccine or a good treatment really soon. Everyone in the world needs that.
Love and prayers, Annie

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@anniepie yes we are the same, next tuesday we are going to level 2 which is basically level 3 but able to go to drive throughs, lol I bet they will be very busy. Then we are looking at going to level 2 in 3 weeks time and we will be able to move around a bit more but have social distancing. We had 3 new covid cases today, 13, I think in hosp,1 in ICU. We have done very well in New Zealand, thanks to a great group of experts and our very caring Prime Minister.

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@alleycatkate

@windwalker …I think we are all in a little bit of a panic mode over this. The good thing is it makes us super cautious. My husband is still taking follow up apts on the sale of houses that are in the works. It is disconcerting…but understandable. I have nagged him almost to death on precautionary measures….so much so, that I am sick of nagging…hahaha. Never thought I would get there. I just did reschedule my yearly April apt with my pulmonologist for a date in June. Perhaps being optimistic but I hope not. Terri…I hope you are doing well and hope all of our brothers and sisters on this site get through this terrible plague with no infection. Good luck to us all and may we find good health, peace and hope. Yes…I am an old hippie… Speaking of old hippies…This is completely unrelated but I want to post this video just in case a little happiness is needed…you may not be from the same musical time and genre but thought I would take a shot. Best to all !! Love and Peace
Kate

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@alleycatkate Thanks Kate — it's a great video. A real balm to the soul, and it shows how we really are all in this together.
Love and virtual hugs, Annie x

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@heathert

@anniepie yes we are the same, next tuesday we are going to level 2 which is basically level 3 but able to go to drive throughs, lol I bet they will be very busy. Then we are looking at going to level 2 in 3 weeks time and we will be able to move around a bit more but have social distancing. We had 3 new covid cases today, 13, I think in hosp,1 in ICU. We have done very well in New Zealand, thanks to a great group of experts and our very caring Prime Minister.

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Hi Heather @heathert. I bet they will be very busy too, lol.
Yes you have a very caring Prime Minister — who many of us in Australia wish was ours too! (…..If she ever wants to take over Australia — now is the time to do it, laugh).
I really hope it goes well for all of you. We're watching what happens with easing the restrictions and wishing you in New Zealand all the best. Annie x

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@anniepie

Hi Heather @heathert. I bet they will be very busy too, lol.
Yes you have a very caring Prime Minister — who many of us in Australia wish was ours too! (…..If she ever wants to take over Australia — now is the time to do it, laugh).
I really hope it goes well for all of you. We're watching what happens with easing the restrictions and wishing you in New Zealand all the best. Annie x

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@anniepie Yes I wish we weren't easing restrictions quite so soon, but hope Jacinda knows what she is doing. No you cant have her Haha

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@chloeliucw

Hi @mayofeb2020 – I was also born and raised in Hong Kong! I am glad to hear that you are doing ok – being able to vent to your friends and family really help in relieving some of the stress. What are you doing at home to help you pass the time? I try to do yoga and other simple exercises, and have been watching a lot of movies!

Are the people living in your area taking social distancing seriously? Or do you still see a lot of people out and about?

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@mayofeb2020 Hi Chloe, thank you for coming on board for us. We have been cooking, jigsaws, crafts, walking. They are taking social distancing very seriously, thank goodness,

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@anniepie

@alleycatkate Thanks Kate — it's a great video. A real balm to the soul, and it shows how we really are all in this together.
Love and virtual hugs, Annie x

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@anniepie Thanks Annie. Let’s get through this safely. You have a good start living in Australia. Hugs to you. Kate

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@anniepie

@alleycatkate Thanks Kate — it's a great video. A real balm to the soul, and it shows how we really are all in this together.
Love and virtual hugs, Annie x

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@anniepie Yes. One tribe! Lots of love to you! Kate

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@heathert

@anniepie yes we are the same, next tuesday we are going to level 2 which is basically level 3 but able to go to drive throughs, lol I bet they will be very busy. Then we are looking at going to level 2 in 3 weeks time and we will be able to move around a bit more but have social distancing. We had 3 new covid cases today, 13, I think in hosp,1 in ICU. We have done very well in New Zealand, thanks to a great group of experts and our very caring Prime Minister.

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@heathert ok. I am so very envious!! New Zealand’s Prime Minister is amazing. (Women taking the lead). Nothing like smartness and caring to navigate through these times. Hugs. Kate

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@anniepie

@heathert Yes Heather, we here in Australia ("across the ditch:, as we say) have almost stopped virus cases too!
We haven't done it as well as New Zealand, but have done it pretty well — with lots of testing, early border lockdowns — even between states, and strict social distancing, many businesses and all public events shutdown since early to mid March.
Unfortunately, lots of jobs have been lost here of course, but health and safety really is a priority — but there's no economic activity anyway if people are too scared by a dangerous and untreatable virus to go out and buy things!
@windwalker Me too, I wish you could come here to protect you better Terri, but Australian borders are closed also, just like in New Zealand.
I guess we all know that we're in this for the long haul — until there is a vaccine or a good treatment.
I really wish it will all be over soon and we're all safe, but there are risks it could come back when we relax restrictions and open up again…..Look what's happened with Singapore — it did so well in earlier, then eased up on restrictions,and is having trouble again now.
Let's hope and pray for a vaccine or a good treatment really soon. Everyone in the world needs that.
Love and prayers, Annie

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@anniepie I’m happy to hear things are getting better in Australia. My daughter is living in Sydney, (moved from Canberra April 1). When I speak to her it seems it never got nearly as bad as it did here in NY. We’ve been “inside” and closed down since around March 15, and are instructed to stay this way until at least May 15. We still have upwards of 350 people who die each day. At the time NY closed, she said everything in Canberra was still open and business as usual. Only the borders were closed. It was about a week after that the the gyms and shops closed in Canberra. She worked in a salon and her husband works in a gym. They moved to Sydney where they were supposed to both be starting new jobs first week of April, but, that didn’t happen because the shops and gyms closed in Sydney then. It makes me wonder if the people in NZ and Australia have better immunity to this virus or perhaps since the weather was warm, it didn’t spread as rapidly. I thought I also heard Sweden or Switzerland had very few to no cases at all. I wish the scientists would look into these phenomena. Maybe then we can find a way to stop it.
Prayers for all.
(My photo is from when I visited her Feb 2019)

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@macjane

Aren't the typical masks in the lobby of a doctor's office not safe?

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@macjane I can't breath when wearing a mask. Anyone else having this difficulty or suggestions.

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What type of mask are you using?

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@flib

@macjane I can't breath when wearing a mask. Anyone else having this difficulty or suggestions.

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@flib Many people find it difficult to breathe in a mask, especially with any kind of diminished lung function. It is not your imagination as one man here tried to tell another – the fabric inhibits the movement of air – exactly as it is intended to do. I certainly prefer to be without one, but am able to just push through it. My masks are made of two layers of sturdy quilting cotton, pleated in front, with elastic around the head. They are approximately the same in permeability as the surgical masks (not N95 respirator mask.)
N95 masks are another matter – I truly do struggle to breathe through those, which severely limits my pleasure in working in the garden, where I wear it when digging in or scratching on the soil due to my lung issues. My daughter, an ER nurse, suggested wearing your mask as much as you can stand, even around the house, to build up your ability to breathe through it – that is what they counsel new employees who have trouble tolerating it.
I hope you find a solution that works for you, as I believe many of us will be wearing masks in public for a good while.
Sue

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@sueinmn

@flib Many people find it difficult to breathe in a mask, especially with any kind of diminished lung function. It is not your imagination as one man here tried to tell another – the fabric inhibits the movement of air – exactly as it is intended to do. I certainly prefer to be without one, but am able to just push through it. My masks are made of two layers of sturdy quilting cotton, pleated in front, with elastic around the head. They are approximately the same in permeability as the surgical masks (not N95 respirator mask.)
N95 masks are another matter – I truly do struggle to breathe through those, which severely limits my pleasure in working in the garden, where I wear it when digging in or scratching on the soil due to my lung issues. My daughter, an ER nurse, suggested wearing your mask as much as you can stand, even around the house, to build up your ability to breathe through it – that is what they counsel new employees who have trouble tolerating it.
I hope you find a solution that works for you, as I believe many of us will be wearing masks in public for a good while.
Sue

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@sueinmn That is a very good suggestion Sue. I really struggle to breathe when wearing a mask. Thank you for the info. irene5

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@alleycatkate

@heathert ok. I am so very envious!! New Zealand’s Prime Minister is amazing. (Women taking the lead). Nothing like smartness and caring to navigate through these times. Hugs. Kate

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@alleycatkate I hope she continues to be great, she and her team are smart thank goodness.

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