- Jul 4, 2002
No that is what you interpret us so called naysayers believe.I have tried to explain the position to you before but will have another go.Except the naysayers aren't offering any real alternatives other than 'lock down the elderly and vulnerable'. I'm not sure that's a fair approach.
Lockdown is not a specific term.It can mean a severe lockdown as per Victoria.It can also mean having restrictions on usual activities such as in NSW.
Did you know that many aged care facilities were locked down in the 2009 swine flu pandemic.It certainly didn't become the cause of much discussion.The lockdown consisted of staff using PPE and being questioned re flu symptoms.Only some places took temperatures as far as I am aware.Visitors were not forbidden in the majority but had to wear PPE,sign in and be questioned and the numbers of visitors and time of stay limited.So the elderly were not locked away from family and friends.
As to the well aged population they should be told what should be done,those that have home nursing should also be supplied with PPE and the Nursing staff to be trained in proceedures to adopt.You could also go to things that anyone with a healthcare card gets a supply of masks if you want.
For those of us aged that are mobile surely it is up to us to be responsible for our health.Some of course won't be sensible and they may well pay a severe price for their actions.
As to the comments on vaccines it is glaringly obvious that many have no idea of the practical points of vaccines.You say as long as you and your aged relatives are vaccinated things are fine.However there is no quarantee that the vaccine will prevent you or your relatives will not get the infection or indeed a more mild version but it will reduce your chances of getting infected.But the more of the population that remains un vaccinated the more is your risk.
As to safety the chance of more issues is greater when the vaccine is in more widespread use.
Also the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are new technology.We have no experience with potential problems which may arise with widespread use.The Astra vaccine is old technology and I am certainly more confident that it will be safe.