Taking stock

Yesterday (September 22) was another happy day in New Zealand, as the majority of the country returned to Alert Level 1 conditions, with Auckland to drop back from Level 2.5 to Level 2 at midnight tonight. As usual, some health professionals think the reduction in Alert Levels has come too soon, while some business peopleContinue reading “Taking stock”

Circles or spirals?

I am feeling like we have headed back around a loop, with the return to Level 3 Alert in Auckland and Level 2 Alert across the country. We have seen in other countries how the reinstitution of lockdowns initiates the same sorts of behaviours as the first time they happened…buying up of toilet paper, generalContinue reading “Circles or spirals?”

A cleft stick

It turns out that water diviners no longer necessarily use bisected wooden sticks, No. 8 fencing wire will also perform. The question, however, is…what is a household of scientists doing employing a water diviner? I have been very clear about my scientific approach to matters in life, including COVID-19. I still maintain that the wayContinue reading “A cleft stick”

A breath of fresh air

On March 22nd I wrote my first COVID-19 post, the day after Jacinda Ardern announced New Zealand was on Level 2 Alert and the third day after the New Zealand borders were closed, on March 20th (after people entering being required to self quarantine from March 16th). On March 23rd it was announced that NewContinue reading “A breath of fresh air”

Excess mortality

We learned early that living on a lifestyle block involved quite a bit of death and killing and that had to get used to it – growing your own food results in a resource war with other living organisms competing for the same resources. I still remember the day that I felt like the slugsContinue reading “Excess mortality”

Still holding…

Loki and I sat on the fence today. It was the highlight of my day – getting dressed up to get my picture taken on the fence (Loki didn’t bother dressing up and demanded to be returned to the house very promptly). I am pretty good about not wearing a dressing gown all day butContinue reading “Still holding…”

Checking the experiment’s progress

Today is the 15th day since New Zealand launched its large scale experiment in regard to combating COVID-19, so it is time for a scientific post which examines how our experiment is going. In doing this, we have to remember that experimental conditions here are quite different from those in other countries. In addition, thisContinue reading “Checking the experiment’s progress”

Facing off against COVID-19

My mate Toti from Taupo presents different faces to the world (please note, he is a confirmed bubble member, present from midnight on Tuesday). I feel like I am cycling through those faces at a rapid rate during the days. I wake up and feel reasonably calm, particularly if I pick up my current book,Continue reading “Facing off against COVID-19”

The experiment begins…

Our household is dominated by scientists (sorry, Mum) which means that we oscillate between being interested in the progress of a set of enormous, international COVID-19 management experiments, and being concerned for all the people who are the subjects of these experiments. I might be stretching things here, I am very interested in the experimentsContinue reading “The experiment begins…”