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Journeys : August September 2009
In our community Reconstruction stirs memorie Swine flu and you I nfection with swine flu is not as severe as originally thought. On present evidence, about 95% of patients experience mild symptoms and make a rapid and full recovery. However, the illness can be severe in some with pre-existing conditions. If you are pregnant, or suffer from a chronic illness such as diabetes or any respiratory disease, you are at high risk of complications from influenza. If you are concerned, call 1800 FLU DOC (1800 358 362) call your GP or pharmacist. Symptoms The symptoms of swine flu are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, chills, body aches and tiredness/fatigue. Potential risks and serious complications of flu F or nearly forty years, the RACT provided the highest levels of ser and assistance to its members from our state headquarters on the corner of Patrick and Murray Streets in Hobart. Recently, memories were stirred among staff and members when the Governor and Patron of the RACT, His Excellency the Honourable Peter Underwood AO, climbed into the cab of an excavator to turn the first sod of the Club’s new headquarters. The $17 million three-storey headquarters is going up on the same site as the old building and should be ready for occupation late next year. About 40 people joined the Governor and the President of the RACT, Roger Locke, for the official sod turning, on a wintry day in May. The RACT originally purchased the site at the corner of Patrick and Murray Sts in 1969. It was the same year as Woodstock, the year that man first walked on the moon, and the year when Hobart’s Southern Outlet opened. When the RACT began trading from its new building in 1970, it was Angus Bethune, as Premier, who opened it. At the time, RACT membership stood at 40,200, compared to today’s 177,000. It is estimated that the RACT has dispatched some 2.7 million roadside help calls from the corner of Murray and Patrick Streets, since commencing operations there in 1970. What Motor News had to say in 1970 The March and April editions of Tasmanian Motor News in 1970 reported extensively on the opening of the new RACT headquarters. The April edition quoted Premier Bethune as saying at the opening that the RACT had provided an authoritative source of information for succeeding Tasmanian governments on all aspects of motoring. Printed on newsprint, and to the same tabloid dimensions as today’s Tasmanian newspapers, Motor News reported on the new headquarters’ modern office equipment, illustrating the story with a picture of staff working on electric typewriters. Bemoaning the lack of car parking facilities in Burnie to meet the rapid growth in traffic, the magazine also asked: Why are so many new cars wrong? ‘It could be that they’re built on Mondays’, reported Motor News, citing a motorist who complained to a manufacturer that his car had developed a clutch shudder so serious that his wife refused to ride in the vehicle. Things went better with Coke, according to an advertisement in the March 1970 Motor News, and among the advertisements for Ferris car radios, Roll-a-Door garage doors and a Motors promotion for the new Monaro, Ted Warne’s Golden Fleece Service station on Main Road Glenorchy, promoted its services to motorists. The Toyota Crown was reviewed in March 1970 – ‘solid 14 carat in the silence department’ – and a bizarre-looking Citroen Dyane 6 Mehari, described by the magazine as ‘a plastic camel’ that could become a replacement for standard Australian ‘mini-cars’. These include bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, worsening of chronic medical conditions, ear infections and sinus problems. Protection against infection There is no vaccine available against swine flu at the moment, but work is being done in this area and while antiviral treatments may be helpful, you should consult your doctor who is the prescribing authority. The spread of swine flu is thought to be happening the way that seasonal flu spreads – mainly person-to-person through coughing, sneezing or coming into contact with an infected person. Hand hygiene You should wash your hands with soap and running water before eating or handling food, after blowing your nose or coughing, after going to the toilet, after handling general waste and garbage. Alcohol-based gels and hand cleansers are also effective. If someone is ill with flu, designate one person as the care-giver and keep everyone’s personal items separate. All household members should avoid sharing pens, papers, clothes, towels, sheets, blankets, food or eating utensils unless cleaned between uses. Disinfect doorknobs, switches, handles, computers, telephones, toys and other surfaces that are commonly touched around the home or workplace. Wash everyone’s dishes in the dishwasher or by hand using very hot water and soap; use detergent and very hot water and wash your hands after handling dirty laundry. Wear disposable gloves when in contact with or cleaning up body fluids. August / September 09 9
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