The economic medicine to contain the Coronavirus has crippled the national economy and driven hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of Australians in to long term penury.
Roy Morgan puts unemployment (August) at 13.8 per cent. Real unemployment is closer to 17 per cent, with the hardest hit being women and young people.
See the girls in the photo above. They can kiss their careers goodbye for the next 10-20 years.
By June this year, there was abundant evidence of alternatives to lockdowns decreed by the Victorian Premier or of colonial-era ‘state’s rights’ border wars, led by his peers.
The media’s zealous monomania on reporting numbers, created a nation-wide fear campaign which we haven’t seen since the threat of the Japanese invasion in 1941.
The mental health issues will dog the nation for years.
COVID-19 is nowhere near as deadly as the Spanish flu, which killed an estimated 50 million and they were mostly young people.
COVID-19 has killed about 930,000 people globally. In Australia, 816 have died in a population pushing towards 26 million.
There have been a handful of deaths under 50 (relentlessly spun out by the media), but they are extraordinarily rare. No women under 50 have died.
There is a far greater statistical chance that someone under 60 will die in a car accident.
COVID-19 mostly kills the elderly, especially if they have an existing chronic disease. That is not an argument to let them die but it should guide government responses.
Of the 816 Australian deaths the vast majority, 606, were in residential aged care. So if you are going to protect and fortify anything, it should be aged care homes.
The rest of the population should get on with their lives while taking sensible health precautions.
Lockdowns are punishing the many for the few.