I appreciate the fact that you take the time to research and present your point of view with some back up from sources.Australia should have devoted more resources(money, equipment, staff, testing and vaccine centers, etc.). Provided more unbiased information regarding this virus. Including distancing, wearing masks, treatment of symptoms, self-isolation, and where to get more information and support group contacts. BUT ALL THIS MUST BE VOLUNTARY!
YES, I do want to go back to the pre-Covid-19 days, when all of our health choices were voluntary and made in private. I also want the government to be accountable for all it has done to this country. Otherwise, it will just repeat its actions again. Even high-schoolers wouldn't come up with these kind of solutions. They would have stopped at keeping people 2 meters apart. But this government will still double-down, even when it knows that its solutions are impractical and unenforceable.
Now, a "ring of steel" around Sydney? Stay within 15km of your home, and now talks of mandatory vaccines and vaccine passports? This slipper slope is just gong from bad to worse. These power-mad egoists have got to go. Don't vote for any of the main parties, because they all eat at the same expensive restaurants.
Sorry for the length. It takes me time to do the research. And I want to make sure you have all the facts.
But let me explain what I’m driving at.
I asked you what you would do. If you were the king of Australia, what measures would you take now?
And I think you would find yourself in a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation.
Compared to the U.S., your infection rate is very low. Your hospitalization and death rate are very low. Great!
But your civil liberties have been curtailed far more stringently than in the U.S.
If you use the U.S. as a test subject, I think you would find that this huge spike in cases we are experiencing corresponded to the guidance we received that we could open up, that masks were no longer necessary for vaccinated people, that social distancing was not necessary. I can tell you anecdotally that when we got that guidance, the masks and distancing pretty much disappeared.
And look what happened. We are right back into crisis mode. ICUs filling up, patients in hospital hallways, exhausted and demoralized medical workers, surgeons being told they cannot do surgeries except for emergencies, and government workers being told they have to vaccinate. And mark my words, private industry will probably start following suit.
And using FACTS from the U.S., you would find out that the overwhelming majority of of those people in the ICUs and hospital beds were unvaccinated. That is not said to pick on them any more than saying that the majority of people who get lung cancer are or were smokers. It’s just a fact. And with the vaccines free of charge and fully available to all, the reason they were unvaccinated is because they chose to be unvaccinated.
Another thing you can learn from our experience is that we have only about half of the total population fully vaccinated (57% partially) meaning that some 43% percent have so far chosen not to vaccinate (like you), and it is overwhelmingly among those 43% who are getting critically sick.
So now you’re the king of Australia. You have no limits on your authority.
What specific measures would you take? What is your strategy?
I am suggesting that you could drop the restrictions, drop the masking, drop the travel restrictions, fully open businesses and schools, drop the restrictions on gathering, tell people they can rely on their own immune system, etc, and in a very short time you would find yourself in the same boat that we find ourselves in here in the U.S., and it is not good.
I think you’re between a rock and a hard place.
What would you do??