Latest News - NZ | 26th March 2020
A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a disease. This typically results from the emergence of a new or novel virus, for which most people do not have immunity. Viruses that have caused past pandemics typically originate from animal influenza viruses. In 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the new strain of swine-origin Influenza A (H1N1) as a pandemic. This strain referred to a Swine flu spread worldwide causing rapid infection and resulting in 17,000 deaths.
Emerging and re-emerging diseases such as, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Zika virus and novel-coronavirus (COVID-19), have all caused significant outbreaks, with some declared as Public Heath Emergencies of International Concern (PHEIC), by the WHO.
The emergence and spread of such diseases can be rapid, as most are spread via respiratory particles created through coughing and sneezing and direct contact with nasal mucus. Mitigating the risk of increased spread relies on rapid identification and detection of a novel viruses, implementation of good infection control and hygiene practices, and isolation of infected persons.
Resources and Plans
Public Health Information
The below are relevant public health agencies and information helplines. They should be contacted by the Area General Manager if there is concern over the health of a team member or guest. (e.g. seeking medical advice for someone or if seeking guidance about an individual who is not following government and health recommendations).
These details can be provided to residents or team members;
- Australia: National Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080
- New Zealand: Health line: 0800 611 116
- ACT: during business hours: 02 5124 9213 or after hours: (02) 9962 4155
- NSW: 1300 066 055
- NT: 08 8922 8044
- QLD: 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
- SA: 1300 232 272
- TAS: 1800 671 738
- VIC: 1300 651 160
- WA visit https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au or call your local public health unit
- New Zealand Ministry of Health: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov
Good hygiene practices
- Display the following posters in common areas and rooms:
Protection from getting sick
- https://www.who.int/images/default-source/health-topics/coronavirus/social-media-squares/blue-4.png (Chinese)