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Ed,

I haven’t yet seen children in Australia “masked like bandits” because of air pollution (unlike Harry Johnson in ‘Who do you vote for’ – CVI 17/11/21) but school children are being made to wear masks at school due to Covid rules.

In 2019 there were over 300,000 cases of influenza in Australia with approximately 4,000 hospitalizations, and over 900 deaths but no restrictions or lockdowns. Queensland recorded 264 confirmed deaths from influenza that year, 37 times the number of deaths from Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. However, no restrictions or lockdowns or anxiety-inducing media bombardment. We have now had over 18 months of first-hand insight into the impact of Covid-19 and have found that most cases recover without clinical intervention. However, despite the facts showing the vast majority of deaths with Covid-19 in Australia are over 80, with pre-existing illnesses, fear and a plethora of inconsistent and harsh restrictions have been imposed on the whole community.

Recent statistics released to 4/11/21 show that the under-20 age group accounts for 28.35% of all cases but has a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of only 0.004%. The under-70 group accounts for 94.29% but still has a CFR of only 0.2%. Even those 90 or older have a statistical chance of over 65% of overcoming Covid-19.

In 2020 Covid-19 was way down the list as the 38th leading cause of death (suicide accounted for three times the number of Covid-19 deaths in the same period, being the 15th leading cause of death).

As at 31/10/21 the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) had over 76,000 reported adverse events following receipt of a Covid-19 vaccine with 446 reports of myocarditis and 1124 of pericarditis following Pfizer and Moderna. 595 deaths were reported. This is a passive voluntary system estimated to record only a small percentage of actual outcomes.

We all take calculated risks – some more than others, with drinking, smoking and obesity being high on the danger list. Covid-19 is not a death sentence. It is a virus that poses risks specifically to the elderly and those with existing comorbidities, with an extremely negligible risk to those below 60. Sensible precautions can minimise those risks. If others outside those “at-risk” categories also wish to engage in the same precautions they should be free to do so. Otherwise, Australians should be free to go about their lives without the burden of extreme wide-ranging restrictions. We should all be free to make informed decisions about how to manage risks to our health and safety including the decision whether or not to receive a Covid-19 jab without coercion or the threat of losing our livelihoods or freedom of movement.

Reference: https://spectator.com.au/2021/11/just-the-facts-coronavirus-in-australia-by-the-numbers-updated/

Jenni McIndoe, Woombah

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