Not long ago Australia was forcing extremely stringent lockdowns. And now this.
As 2021 drew to a close, many Australians were cautiously optimistic that the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic was behind them. After enduring rolling lockdowns, and surpassing rigorous vaccine targets, it seemed the worst was over.But even as Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared it was now possible to “live with this virus,” the highly transmissible omicron variant hit. COVID-19 cases rose from just over 1,000 cases a day to over 100,000 a day. Some of the hallmarks of the pandemic that Australia has been able to avoid are now becoming apparent – including a buckling healthcare system and empty grocery shelves.
Strangely enough, through this surge in virus cases, many Australian states and territories are holding the line and allowing the virus to circulate in their communities, which critics have labeled the “let it rip” approach. Should we be doing this?
Dr. Kieran Quinn, a clinician-scientist at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, says he has noticed a shift in attitude among many in the public as preventive vigilance has eroded into resignation that infection seems inevitable, reports CTV News Canada.
As Omicron gains a reputation as a “mild” virus variant, Quinn says he sees why some people might feel tempted to “let it rip” in hopes of moving on from the pandemic’s latest and in some cases most overwhelming wave.
Interesting. Covid seems to have decided already to “let it rip”. Fauci said recently that just about everyone is going to get Covid at some point, so Australia is not alone in this attitude.
The first thing that comes to mind is how this will cause even more damage the public’s opinion on experts, and who can blame them?
Letting it rip is going to increase the death toll. That’s why the U.S. is #1 in COVID-19 deaths. However, I think the article you point to is a day late. Australia has since retracted that decision, but they aren’t going with 0 cases either. That said, their case counts and deaths will increase greatly.
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Amen to that. As a Covid-19 Survivor I can attest, that it’s much better to have a couple of days feeling lousy with flu like symptoms - than spending a month or two in bed struggling to survive and get over the thing, as some anti-vaccine delusionals I know have had to endure.
In fact, recuperating from my second booster shot as we speak. Great excuse to be lazy and take an extra nap or two, for a day or two.
Yes, this is very true. My family didn’t get it before being vaccinated, but older son got it after getting vaccinated and boosted. I would have hated to see what it would have been like for him if he wasn’t vaccinated and boosted. I might not be talking about him having it. I might be talking about him having and dying from it. It was bad for him or that is, he was very miserable, but he didn’t end up in the hospital and he’s still alive today to talk about it.