One study suggests getting vaccinated halves the risk of developing long COVID.
The NSW plan doesn’t measure up against international best practice. And Victoria doesn’t seem to be following a child-centred approach, either.
There are practical things you can do to make your child more comfortable if they’re ill.
Australia plans to begin relaxing restrictions once 70% of over-16s are fully vaccinated. But as Israel shows us, it’s likely not enough to reach herd immunity, especially with the Delta variant.
$50 million could provide all NSW school classrooms with air purifiers with HEPA filters. This pales compared to the roughly $220 million-a-day cost of Sydney’s lockdown.
Do you actually need compulsory vaccination at your workplace? And if you do, as a last resort, how do you make mandates fair?
Australians who normally live overseas will face an even tougher time coming back to Australia, under new rules that start this week.
NSW needs to mandate masks outdoors, provide adequate financial support, set up a ‘ring of steel’, use rapid tests for essential workers, and ensure cases not in full isolation get to zero, among others.
NSW's successful test and trace strategy controlled the Crossroads Hotel outbreak a year ago without needing a stringent lockdown. But this has not worked as well against Delta.
In Hong Kong, SARS created a new social norm, where people accepted mask use as part of their 'civic responsibility'.