Australia catches a third wave

Australia has periodically been mentioned in the world press as having done well in responding to COVID-19. Jennifer Lang and Karen Cutter explore the background behind the response to date, reasons for the success, until recently, in limiting the spread of the virus, and current challenges which have seen a marked deterioration in the situation, in a blog on the COVID-19 Actuaries Response Group.

Until the recent surge in cases, Australia had recorded around 900 COVID-19 deaths, out of a population of 26 million. Excess deaths in 2020 were actually negative, with fewer excess winter deaths than normal. This clearly demonstrates the relative success in containing COVID-19 during the period prior to the global roll-out of vaccines.

When there are very few to no cases in the community, there are opportunities to learn things about the virus which would not be possible in jurisdictions with more virus circulating. Insights are shared from Australia’s experiences of asymptomatic testing and contact tracing.

With a third wave now hitting Australia, Jennifer and Karen discuss what went wrong, and what comes next. For much of the last 18 months, the goal has been zero-COVID. But this cannot be the goal forever when clearly COVID-19 will not be eradicated world-wide. Australia will need to reopen to the rest of the world once sufficient vaccination coverage is achieved. When and how that happens is a work in progress.

This article was originally published by Jennifer Lang and Karen Cutter on the COVID-19 Actuaries Response Group. To read the original article and supporting material, click here.

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Marilyn Shepherd says

11 December 2022

I will try and be kind but seriously you have to be joking. The only thing that so called diagnoses ''covid'' is a PCR or RAT, neither diagnose anything at all so how can anyone possible claim covid exists. Especially when the FDA and CDC admit they had no virus when they gave emergency use approval for the PCR in February 2020, an approval revoked in July 2021 and in light of the fact that global FOI"s have not found a single lab or nation with so called sars2 outside of the CDC computer patents from pre 2008.

Once you understand this you know the ''covid'' deaths are non existent, people are dying only after the jabs.

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