Flu almost non-existent
Pneumonia hospitalisations halved
Suicide reportedly down, although mental health contacts up
At a guess traffic deaths down
Down 22.8% vs 2019, but still 12% higher than the same period in 2018. Huge reduction in 18-20 age group (4 vs 14 in 2019), but huge increase in 30-39 age group (31 vs 18 last year)
Calendar year to midnight 1 September 2020 2019 Lives lost 2020 Lives lost 183 147 (down 19.7%) Fatalities (equivalent periods) 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 5 year average 175 201 169 133 183 172 Gender Gender 2019 2020 Change % change 5 year average Female 49 35 -14 -29% 47www.tac.vic.gov.au
Well the thing is, the death rate has been down every month since FEBI actually started my professional career in road safety. With the road toll, the trend over time is less deaths per year, and this is despite the significant growth in traffic.. But also the stats will bounce around somewhat from year to to year. ie Last year was probably a bounce up.
That is not to say that this year that Covid 19 might not have reduced the road toll, but rather that you cannot just compare it the last year or two.
1970 was the peak year of lives loast.. Compulsory seat belts came in during 1971 and the toll (lives lost)had its first major drop. RBT came in not long after and then a steady stream of improvements and measures. Safer vehicles (air bags, crash rating, child car seats etc) and safer roads ( many many design, road design changes from "Staggered T" to roundabouts to road friction to crash barriers to better controls (speed zones, school zones, speed and read light camera, radar guns etc). I am sure you will have noted how the wire rope barriers are so common today). Improved trauma care and response will have assisted as well
On the con side while alcahol was better controlled, drug usage has become more common and not just drugs of the illegal kind.
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So am I, almost everywhere, and certainly have been wearing covering in certain situations for several months now. Yesterday I went for a nice 6km walk in state forest 5 mins walk from where I am and didn't see another human. So face covering not protecting me much, except perhaps from the cold. Although now compulsory going forward, if a tree falls in the forest and no-one hears it fall does it make a noise?I personally am happy to wear a mask anywhere and everywhere.
If we only took heed of the direct medical advice for Covid elimination, and did not have any responsibilty for anything else, then Australia would have done a lock down like NZ. However Governments must take into account all matters including the economic, and other related health and social impacts and try find the balance that best meets the needs, knowing that this is a moving beast day by day.Good Q&A tonight with medical experts.
They are all screaming for NSW to go harder now now now.
The "some reason" is mostly 'politics' with some polls showing over 90% of W.A population in favour of the border restrictions. The damage it was doing to their poll numbers would be immense. The state Liberal party was initially in the 'open up the borders now' group but have now done a complete U-Turn and are complaining that the border restrictions are not tight enough.Yes they did certainly voice their opinions openly on the support of Palmer, but seem to have changed their mind for some reason now. So perhaps a bit more than just a constitutional question.
At Lanyon today, not even the staff. Just me and 3 other customers.The ACT along with NSW Woolworths asked people to wear masks in the store. I thought the ACT people were a little more sensible but I just checked out how many people are wearing them.
It’s easy to see who are the staff and who are not, because it’s only the staff wearing them, and me.
There are rumours circulating in some medical forums that NSW has not built enough of a PPE stockpile to recommend blanket/stronger mask wearing advice yet...If we only took heed of the direct medical advice for Covid elimination, and did not have any responsibilty for anything else, then Australia would have done a lock down like NZ. However Governments must take into account all matters including the economic, and other related health and social impacts and try find the balance that best meets the needs, knowing that this is a moving beast day by day.
I know our SA Health person went very quiet for a few weeks and it has been suggested that it was at this time that other factors came into play as we started to open up larger venues and reduce the 4sqm to 2sqm. And her advice was not to do this. That wasnt followed.
Not to worry. John Setka remains Victorian state secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union. I think he'd pass as a 'mate' of Premier Andrews (recalling the infamous case last year).A polished ‘political’ answer. So, the inference is that union folk losing their jobs is okay.
Not to worry. John Setka remains Victorian state secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union. I think he'd pass as a 'mate' of Premier Andrews (recalling the infamous case last year).
The matter with the 'not diplomat' has been referred to police for investigationAnd the "Consular"staff member from Kabul turns out to be a private security contractor.So caught the plane to MCY then drove to home in Toowoomba.
And why do we let diplomats and assorted celebs to just go home? In Thailand even if you are a diplomat you get tested on arrival and not allowed to leave the Airport until the result is known.There should be enough of the rapid test kits for that.