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The differences between the Delta and Omicron COVID-19 variants

The differences between the Delta and Omicron COVID-19 variants

What are the symptoms of omicron?

Omicron appears to be continuing the trend set by delta. It’s causing symptoms that are much more like a regular cold, particularly in people who’ve been vaccinated, and fewer general systemic symptoms, such as nausea, muscle pains, diarrhoea and skin rashes.

How bad is omicron?

This new variant is much more infectious than previous variants, causing a surge in cases across the UK and in other countries. And although it’s not yet clear whether we will be facing an overwhelming wave of hospitalisations from the disease, it’s important to remember that while omicron and delta may feel like a cold to many of us, it can still kill or cause long-term symptoms that disrupt daily life, especially for people who have not been vaccinated or are immunocompromised.

For More details Visit: The Conversation

SA COVID-19 UPDATE

SA COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear Members,

General retail premises, and businesses that conduct a defined public activity, an activity with more than 100 people attending, or passenger transport services must use the COVID SAfe Check-In or other approved contact tracing system.

The QR Code will be issued upon the completion of an appropriate COVID-Safe Plan.

The QR code must be displayed in the premises/business/venue.

All people entering the place must upload their relevant contact details to the approved contact tracing system. This upload is automatic when you use the COVID SAfe Check-In to scan the QR code. Paper recording logs will be made available as a back-up for people who don’t have a smart phone. More information can be found here.

See the latest COVID-19 information for South Australians here

Yours sincerely,

Brendan Tohill | Chief Executive Officer
NLNA – National Lotteries Newsagents Association

SA COVID-19 UPDATE

NLNA Member Update: New NSW rules, testing and isolation requirements

Dear Members,

Most people no longer need a PCR test (nose and throat swab) and can take a rapid antigen test to confirm they have COVID-19. Read about new testing requirements.

From 9 January 2022, some critical workers may leave self-isolation if they have no symptoms. Read the critical workers guidance.

Read the new rules for business, which include no singing or dancing in most public places.

Find information visit nsw.gov.au

Yours sincerely,

Brendan Tohill | Chief Executive Officer
NLNA – National Lotteries and Newsagents Association

 

SA COVID-19 UPDATE

Tasmanian COVID-19 Update: Public Health response to a confirmed case

Dear Members,

The Tasmania Government has provided the following information regarding managing an outbreak in your business. More information can be found HERE


Responding to a case or outbreak in your workplace or business

With increasing case numbers in Tasmania, a case will be advised to tell their workplace they have tested positive for COVID-19 so information can be provided to other staff.

A business may also find out a worker has tested positive in some instances from Public Health. If the worker is still in the workplace, they must be directed to go home. They will be required to isolate for a minimum of 7 days from the day they had the test. Workplaces should advise all other staff to monitor for symptoms and get tested if symptoms develop and isolate until they get a negative test result.

To assist in keeping all Tasmanians safe, workplaces should ensure all staff continue to practice COVID Safe behaviours including wearing masks while indoors, practicing hand hygiene and advising staff to avoid having meal breaks and meetings together in enclosed spaces. Employers should encourage vaccination for all staff – including a booster.

The following will apply to all businesses:

  • Staff will not be identified as close contacts in the workplace unless they have had household like exposures to cases being longer than 4 hours and without wearing a mask.
  • Businesses and workplaces will not be listed as exposure sites.
  • Public Health will only be in contact if several cases are linked to your premises or event

It is possible some businesses will experience staff shortages due to isolation of cases who have been exposed in the community and to quarantining of close contacts who live in the same household as a case.

The initial steps Public Health may ask you to take are to:

  1. Review and activate your COVID-19 Safety Plan and/or Outbreak Management Plan.
    Instruct people in your setting to wear face masks.
  2. Support Public Health contact tracing by collecting and providing any additional staffing and visitor information that has not been collected via the Check in TAS app. This may include staffing rosters, manual check in/visitor log sheets or spreadsheets.
  3. Advise any contacts you may identify to quarantine at home and follow the quarantine instructions.
  4. Communicate with your staff and contractors about the case or outbreak to ensure they monitor for symptoms and get tested if symptoms develop.
  5. Organise cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched areas, as outlined in your COVID-19 Safety Plan. Read about cleaning and disinfection after a case
  6. Continue to encourage COVID-safe behaviours including physical distancing, hand hygiene, advising staff and visitors to stay at home if unwell, and covering coughs and sneezes.

*Important: depending on the circumstances, if the confirmed case is an employee, you may also be required by law to notify WorkSafe Tasmania of the case.


Yours sincerely,

Brendan Tohill | Chief Executive Officer
NLNA – National Lotteries and Newsagents Association

SA COVID-19 UPDATE

NLNA Member Update: QLD COVID-19

Dear Members,

Please note these updates from the QLD government. 

  • Close contacts who meet updated requirements for critically essential workers can leave quarantine to go to their workplace.
  • Testing requirements for hotspot travellers have changed.

Find information about the QLD COVID-19 update here

Yours sincerely,

Brendan Tohill | Chief Executive Officer
NLNA – National Lotteries and Newsagents Association

 

NLNA Video Newsletter Ep24 December 2021

NLNA Video Newsletter Ep24 December 2021

 

Host: –

Brendan Tohill – VANA & NLNA CEO

Guest:

Chris pecora- Chairman, VANA  & NLNA
Kammeron Cran- Director, NLNA
Greyson Yao- Operations & Project Manager