Siouxsie Wiles: Posts on Covid-19

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Viruses vs Everyone

Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris, with help from Dr Siouxsie Wiles, explores three important points about Covid-19.

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After ‘Flatten the Curve’, we must now ‘Stop the Spread’. Here’s what that means

March 14, 2020

We must act quickly, with no half-measures. Dr Siouxsie Wiles explains why, with illustrations by Toby Morris.

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During an outbreak, if we can’t control the spread of the disease, then the number of sick people quickly rises. For Covid-19 we know this: about two out of every 10 people will need to be hospitalised for between two and six weeks. About one in 20 people will end up in intensive care, and one in a hundred will need a ventilator to help them breathe.

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The world is on fire: My message to New Zealanders on Covid-19

March 16, 2020

Think of the coronavirus pandemic as a bunch of fires erupting around the world. Drastic action is required, and that’s why firebreaks are urgent, writes Siouxsie Wiles.

Dear fellow people of Aotearoa New Zealand

I’m writing this letter because I want to reach out to you all about Covid-19. If you don’t know me, I’m a microbiologist. I have spent the last 20 years studying infectious microbes. I work at the University of Auckland where my lab is trying to find new antibiotics – not very useful when it comes to stopping viruses, unfortunately, but something we are in growing need of for other reasons.

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How testing for Covid-19 works

How the process runs, why we’re not testing everyone who feels ill, and something you can do online immediately and easily to help the fight against the virus.

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Keeping anxiety in check amidst uncertainty

From The Detail 18 March 2020

Psychologist Karen Nimmo has issued some sage advice about combating your coronavirus fears – included among it, maybe ration your news intake and stop talking about it so much at home, especially in front of the children.

“It’s all around us – there are experts talking about it, it’s new and it’s uncertain, every day and often every hour we’re getting fresh updates. So of course you’re going to be anxious.

Listen to the podcast where she talks to Emile Donovan about keeping anxiety in check amidst uncertainty and  how to talk to your children about Covid-19: you don’t want to underplay it, but you also don’t want to traumatise an eight year-old. Nimmo says if both parents are worried about it, maybe don’t talk about it so much – especially not where flapping ears are taking it all in.