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  1. Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    02 March 2020 - 12:44 PM

    ACC claimants, as a matter of urgency and necessity, need to be aware of the injury related extra impact of COVID-19

    Sadly it is us the injured and infirm that are at most risk from the Covid 19 virus. We will be needing additional help. In short it is a matter of life and death.

    Given the nature of this COVID-19 pandemic that has now arrived in New Zealand those of us who have injuries that include lung damage and compromised immune systems, perhaps by chemical injury, are going to need to be extra vigilant.
    For those who simply contract COVID-19 while working overseas they will need to be aware of the entitlements under the ACC legislation in the circumstances.

    Facing our new environment:

    For some time now the world has been in the state of an emergency after reaching the criteria of a pandemic. "Pan" refers to this disease as being global and "demic" means an infectious disease.
    The recent infected arrival from Iran has demonstrated just how ineffectual our borders are in as much as after this person entered hospital it was noted that they were already on the mend. This means that they were perfectly well aware that they were infected before they left Iran for New Zealand. Those who accompanied this infected person were not immediately quarantined along with all those in the immediate vicinity on the plane. This breach of our biological security is bad enough but the true terror of the situation is that already large numbers will already be a New Zealand quite innocently carrying COVID-19 who have not yet become symptomatic yet are highly infectious.

    We need to be self-aware with regards to the information we are receiving. From what we are observing overseas governments have routinely made announcements with confidence that everything is under control. In the main they are either ignorant or simply lying. It is not in the interests of a nation to mobilise the nation at an early stage as this will cause very significant financial losses. For example our country exports food and no one is going to purchase food if we have a virus running rampant. We see health ministers of other countries going on television telling their population that everything is in order despite the fact that they are very obviously ill and sweating profusely et cetera only to make a later announcement that they too are suffering from this current emergency involving the very infectious COVID-19.

    The key elements of COVID-19 that we need to be aware of is:
    There is no cure to COVID-19. In New Zealand we will probably have a few tens of thousands that will acquire this new virus of which 80% will endure without any real difficulties. Of the remaining 20% that have become infected they would need special medical care with a large number needing oxygen and other critical care and the appropriate medical facilities. Of this group many will be quite severely ill.the percentage risk of dying from this virus internationally is somewhere between 1% and 4%. This number largely depends on available medical facilities.
    The infectious rate of someone infected with COVID-19 is going to be somewhere between 1% and 4% with the average being 2.6%. For example one person is going to infect on average 2.6 individuals who will in turn infect another 2.6 individuals. This means that more than likely we are going to have somewhere between 5 - 10 in just over a week from now and many hundreds by the end of the month.

    At this stage our health system is going to cope quite easily but by the end of the following month the answer has to be no they are not going to cope unless the authorities act in a preventive manner rather than the current reactive manner.
    If we're New Zealand take all the necessary precautions to contain and or avoid COVID-19 our medical facilities will be able to cope. However if New Zealand does not immediately start taking the necessary precautions it is going to take about a month or two for the virus to override our current medical facilities with the result that New Zealand will be virtually going into a shutdown mode.

    COVID-19 is known to be an airborne virus which means it floats in the atmosphere significant distances. You don't need to be directly sneezed on or simply come in contact with droplets, although if this does happen your risk factors are significantly raised.
    COVID-19 is a virus (not bacterial) which means that what is effectively a form of software has taken control of one or more cells in the host for the purposes of multiplying that virus and spreading throughout the host body. Primarily this virus involves the bronchial tubes of the lungs of which hijacked tissues die and are either expelled for others to become infected or go on to further infect the host infected person.
    The primary access for droplets and airborne COVID-19 is via the eyes followed by other access points such as nose and mouth. For this reason it is very important to develop the habit of not touching your face at all.
    While children are less susceptible to the virus and as much as their infection will only be quite mild the factors that they make excellent little carriers of every form of bacteria and viruses known to man including COVID-19. Great care should therefore be taken in the cleanup of all children as they enter the home followed by the parent et cetera cleaning themselves as well after being in contact for this purpose.

    The most important item is either a wraparound form of safety glasses or even sunglasses but even better still proper form of safety goggles.
    Gloves are very important. Latex gloves are probably perfectly adequate but be very careful of cheap vinyl gloves that are easily torn. When you take off the gloves make sure you either wash your hands with the gloves on first or pull them inside out as you remove them. Wash your hands again after you remove them anyway.

    Paper masks are very ineffectual for the purposes of avoiding contracting this virus. They quite quickly become moist, may be as little as 10 minutes, and slow down the airflow which means that the airflow will then come around the sides of the mask. however a cheap mask such as this may remind you not to touch your face.

    Masks that are relevant to this virus will have the criteria N95 on them. It would be wise to acquire such masks immediately as without doubt they are going to be sold out. They can be purchased from pharmacists, hardware outlets, car painting suppliers and perhaps for a time yet on trade me. Gloves Could also be purchased at the same outlets.
    When coming home have a routine of first washing your hands followed by the removal of all of your outside clothes and place them in the washing machine followed by washing your hands again. Any items that have been brought into the home including groceries, handbag, briefcase, schoolbooks and suchlike should be either wipe down or sprayed with a suitable disinfectant.It would be even better to have a shower at this time. This should be done before you have any physical contact with anyone in the home and particularly before touching any thing in the house at all. Once cleaned up from the outside environment is only then you can consider yourself safely at home and ready to kiss and cuddle Et cetera.

    Simple precautions:
    Avoid contact with as many people as possible.
    Do not congregate in groups, particularly large groups such as rock concerts, church groups and such like.
    The most important thing we can do is wash our hands a lot more than we do now and particularly after we have been in places whereby virus may have been sneezed out on various surfaces.
    Shopping and other necessities must be minimised as much is possible. It would be a good idea to start stockpiling necessities ranging from toilet paper through to Items such as tinned and long-lasting food to reduce the number of times we need to go shopping once New Zealand falls into an endemic environment.
    Perhaps others might contribute their suggestions on this threat.

    Injured ACC claimants.
    Statistics demonstrate that those who have compromised systems such as lung disorders or chemical injury that can affect the immune system are particularly vulnerable. This means that anyone who is suffering injuries to the lungs or have chemical injury would need to get additional guidance and help from the medical professionals to reduced what is otherwise an increased risk. Those who take steroids or immuno suppressants need to obtain additional advice as well as we need all the biological capacity to the immune to this new virus.

    For those claimants who are receiving significant home help the question arises as to whether or not ACC will provide the additional home help to assist those claimants survive this virus. In the event that we have a runaway virus of which is not controlled by extraordinary measures and also considering the likelihood of a nationwide shutdown and general quarantine rules being applied, will the ACC home help people still help those who are injured???
    Will ACC those who are injured and on home help stockpile all manner of daily needed items in time in the event that home help providers fail, perhaps through getting the virus themselves or a general shutdown of New Zealand?

    Question time:
    If an employer is aware that one of the staff is infectious withCOVID-19 have they committed a crime against any staff members that subsequently become infected from that infected colleague? In other words is an employer obliged to Remove the infected staff member from the workplace.
    If an employer fails to maintain the safety of the work environment and insist that everyone continues at work thus placing everyone at risk would be correct to have a legitimate expectation that anyone becoming infected from that work environment would be entitled to ACC? I ask this because this takes it out of an ordinary sickness situation rather escalates the issues into working in a dangerous environment.
    Are we going to raise the level of helping one another without actually being an personal contact. For example are we going to take more meaningful use of the site and eradicate anybody who comes onto the site for the purposes of being a troll?
  2. What is happening and what should I do?

    12 December 2019 - 10:42 AM

    A visit to my doctor last week resulted in him seeking a multidisciplinary assessment from the hospital of my various injuries.
    *Right dominant hand injury together with elbows and shoulder
    *chemical injuries
    *brain injury (stroke)

    The hospital has arranged for a chest x-ray when previously it had been determined that only a CT scan will see what they are looking for and a visit to the pain clinic has also been organised. Despite having no pain of note the hospital has booked me in to be seen by the pain clinic.

    In 1993 a diagnostic procedure resulted in a blood clot going into the brain causing a stroke and unconsciousness form which I awoke with slurred speech, right sided numbness, vision disturbances such as not being able to see the right side of a sentence, lack of coordination and fatigue. While I greatly recovered over the first three months and then further recovery over the following year the symptoms have been persistent in varying degrees until the present. this ranges from barely noticeable through to to such a degree where third parties have called an ambulance with triage placing me in hospital for the night and even up to 3 days. The last hospital stay over was last year.

    Spontaneously and particularly in times of stress the symptoms quite quickly return in varying degrees.

    Yesterday I was attempting to fix my toilet which involved climbing around underneath on my back and is tight space, some effort perhaps beyond my capacity causing me to be completely out of breath for long periods of time and taking excessive amounts of time to regain a normal breathing pattern which of course is quite exhausting.

    At this moment I'm experiencing the following symptoms.
    *yesterday slightly euphoric*last night I felt a little bit off so took a 500 mg aspirin and a large drink before bed
    *for no particular reason seem to have used a bottle instead of the toilet over the night
    * Numbness to my right soul of my foot
    *weak right leg together with a loss of balance.
    *Strong tingling in the palm of my right hand.*Weak right wrist with feelings that I have overloaded the joint despite not doing much over the last few days*weak right arm
    * while writing this I received a telephone call and found myself unable to understand everything that was being said to me
    *aluminium taste in my mouth
    * numb tongue
    * numb right cheek and ear
    * a pupil would normally dilate but not this time
    *right sided vision does not seem to be affected which with these cluster of symptoms would normally be the case.
    *no visual or auditory aurora this time
    * no headache which is usually minor and hardly noticeable
    * tired and lethargic
    *I went to look for my neighbour that could not remember his name
    * abnormally I am feeling a little impatient and even agitated
    *Typing this Posting was far more difficult then usual with the computers voice software failing to understand what I am saying causing a large number of corrections. I think I am still able to detect mistakes.
    These symptoms will last several days and render me very demotivated and tired

    It is often difficult to distinguish between a TIA and migraine. The symptoms have only occurred subsequent to the stroke

    I have symptoms such as above in clusters of up to 3 or four a week for several weeks then nothing for maybe a month or two.

    Obviously when I am in this condition it is far too dangerous to drive.

    Activities don't seem to alter the situation for better or worse except make me more tired. Although it is difficult to do things and if I try to work I make mistakes which even have resulted in physical injuries in this regard I don't seem to be a very good decision-maker as to what it is safe to do. I can't seem to get any information or guidance from anybody, not even driving except for me to judge these matters myself.

    ACC have accepted the claim for cover but have not actually done anything beyond that despite being directed to by numerous review hearings.

    As I am unsupported and have no one in my life naturally these experiences are not just disturbing but really become frightening particularly when I find myself waking up in this condition. TIA lowers life expectancy.