So this is ‘living with COVID’?


Waleed Aly, as he typically does, bought to the nub of it. The nation’s method now could be “a little bit of a multitude”, he wrote. We face the “weird spectacle of the prime minister advising concession-card holders to top off on RATs whereas they’ll, as a substitute of guaranteeing they’ll proceed to get them. Of the federal government increasing entry to antivirals whereas making adjustments to telehealth the AMA says will make it tougher for individuals to seek out a health care provider to prescribe them. Of the well being minister encouraging individuals to earn a living from home, whereas placing staff in insecure employment within the place of getting to go to work once they’re sick.”

If we’re going to inform individuals it’s all as much as them now, it requires authorities to deploy, “each incentive, each software of persuasion. It means telling a compelling story”.

I agree with the criticism that governments have fallen in need of telling that “compelling story”, though no less than there may be now expanded entry to fourth vaccinations and anti-viral medicines, which most of us had barely heard about till lately. We’d like sustained and detailed public training campaigns that hammer the messages about vaccinations, masks, getting examined and defending older Australians and the susceptible.

To that finish, The Age is doing our bit. Now we have begun a sequence that’s all concerning the details. What’s the finest recommendation on masks? What are the details on vaccination? When must you get examined?

Because the pandemic dragged on throughout 2020 and 2021, we revealed many tales that criticised one determination or one other, or uncovered errors, and we ran many factors of view. However a very powerful factor we did then – and are doing now – is inform. If we may be helpful to you throughout this winter, we may have achieved our job.

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