Community support important dealing with Covid-19

We are all facing an unprecedented health crisis inn dealing with the Covid-19 coronavirus, and the associated financial crisis. Some amongst us will inevitably catch the virus, and all of us will be financially affected.

It is important we support our families, and it is also important to build community support. We need to work through this together as much as possible (but at an appropriate social distance).

Our ways of life are rapidly changing, and are likely to change substantially more.

We already cannot or should not travel out of the country, which cuts some of us off from family.

We are already being asked to limit travel inside the country, and it seems inevitable that some if not most of us will be required to stay at home, possibly for months.

So far, despite having the virus coming into the country via citizens and permanent residents returning here from various places around the world (which indicates how established and spread it is overseas), we seem to have it contained for now, with no obvious community spread. This is being carefully monitored.

It is inevitable there will be community spread of the virus here. It is already happening in many countries, including in New South Wales in Australia, where they are considering locking down other areas or states to confine the spread – Scott Morrison indicated they will be looking at this early next week.

When we get community spread here we may get regional lockdowns. Ardern has been clear we need to prepare for being confined to our homes at some time in the future.

We need to have confidence our Government and MPs are doing everything they can to deal with the huge challenges currently facing us. There is scope for valid and reasonable criticisms, but petty politics should be set aside.

We, families and communities, and work groups, need to learn what we can and do what we can to help and support each other. This is a very big deal and we need to cope with massive changes as best we can. so we need to work together.

With family often spread around cities and the country we may only have remote contact with them. So we should turn to those living close by.

We are encouraged to practice social distancing, but we should still be able to walk in our neighbourhoods and talk to neighbours, offer support, and offer to help others who may be in social isolation imposed due to travel or risky contacts, or to protect their own health.

As has been happening elsewhere in the country I have helped set up a support group in the suburb I live in, have promoted it in related groups on Facebook, and will do a letterbox drop this weekend – not everyone will be on the Internet. People living on their own in particular need to know they have support available if they need it.

We live in a very challenging time. We need to rise to the challenge as best we can, and that means within our households and in our communities, where we can support each other.



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  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  21st March 2020

    My usual weekend Countdown order can’t get delivery till Wed and no potatoes. Bizarre. What will they panic about next?

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  21st March 2020

      They now won’t let people buy more than two of many items (six at Pak & Save) My usual bulk buy had some restrictions but as 12 was the maximum, it wasn’t really inconvenient. I don’t have a weekly order, it’s not worth it. I buy enough to last for a long time when I do online shopping and always have; the delivery’s the same price. Or less if one spends $200.

  2. Ray

     /  21st March 2020

    Locally we are building on our “Meals on Wheels” system to deliver meals and groceries, when needed or if needed.
    Hopefully the Civil Defence committee will pick up on this.
    Local help for local need.

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  21st March 2020

    If people have to stay at home for months (which one can only hope won’t happen) I could foresee a rise in suicides. Social isolation is a killer, and if the government seriously imagines that people will ‘be kind’, they are kidding themselves. It’s more likely that even more people would be found dead weeks after they died than happens now. The number who are found dead some time after they died is surprisingly high now. And someone who goes for weeks, let alone months, with no human contact is a sitting duck for depression, suicide and heart attacks.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  21st March 2020

      Social isolation is as big a killer as smoking.

      People who don’t have computers could well be in dire straits when it comes to buying groceries.


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