COVID-19 Round 19 - Stick a Forklift in it

The case numbers can still help with gauging whether transmission is increasing or decreasing from week to week.
Yes, the data isn’t exact and the amount of testing is reduced. But it is still a handy metric to compare across a month to see a trend.

It doesn’t mean if it goes up, you must react to it. It’s just data.

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I’m thinking that they want people to be aware that it’s certainly still out there (& yes, in much higher numbers than they’re reporting) causing hospitalisation and deaths each week. Hopefully this will continue to make people more conscious of the need maintain hygiene practices such as washing/sanitising hands, staying away from others if unwell and wearing a mask if you have ‘cold like’ symptoms. This has health benefits beyond Covid so is worthwhile I think.

I think one of the more important stats is the hospital admissions. This is probably the better indicator of where we sit in this wave.

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Vic Health tweeting that free RAT kits can now be collected from participating local councils ( Medicare card not required)

  • 2 packs of 5 RATs pp and 2 packs per household member.
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The UK have updated their booster program already to just focus on the vulnerable i.e. over 60s, immunocompromised and comorbidities. Some of the scandinavian countries did similar some time ago. It will be interesting to see what Australia does.

A common-sense decision which should have been followed by more countries - With so much of the world being exposed to the virus combined with vaccine protection then it should be the most vulnerable who continue to be boosted.

I generally agree with you. The priority for vaccination should be elderly and immunocompromised, of course. Currently available vaccine boosters in Australia really have limited effectiveness for those already vaccinated and/or exposed to COVID, and not elderly or immunocompromised. But for the moment, the new bivalent booster looks to add significant protection - if/when you can get it.

The TGA finally approved the new Pfizer bivalent COMIRNATY Original/Omicron BA.4-5 COVID-19 vaccine 11 days ago for everyone over 12, and will be providing advice to the government for its purchase and distribution in coming weeks. Multiple studies are reporting around 5 times reduction in hospitalisation and death from current strains, by adding this booster to your existing level of protection from the combination of vaccination and natural immunity from exposure to earlier strains.

If our government gets supply of this vaccine, and I have the option of getting it before I contract the newer strain/s of COVID, I’d gladly take it, and if it’s widely available, and widely used, there’s no doubt that it would reduce total deaths, hospitalisations, and Long COVID significantly, at least for now.

Who knows how effective it will be against the next strain, but I imagine we’ll have continuing updates to COVID vaccines, as we do for flu vaccines. If availability of new boosters keeps up with variants, they may continue to be a useful tool. A once a year booster may continue to save many lives.

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I haven’t kept up with this thread for a while, but for anyone that is doubting covid was real, this is the best data. Excess death data is black or white, has no diagnosis.

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Given that a large number of cases go unreported these days, I’m not sure how relevant the chart is .

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I think the only line to take note of, is the hospital admissions.

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No post Christmas spike which is nice to see.

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No covid in ED overnight, so far as I could tell.
Massive difference to very recently.
Such a weird virus.

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And no people in the waiting room!
Yay for the summer lull, but it’s good news all the same. Very rare.

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They’re all here. Dancing to terrible Zumba music.

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Thailand reportly looking to void their contracts with Pfizer after an updated medical opinion on their princess indicated her collapse and continuing coma may be due to her booster received not long before the date of injury.

This is not something that’s front page of the main stream news outlets, disappointing but not surprised.

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