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Sally Flannery discovers dark side of ‘Lovemore’

Since declaring her interest in running for Lismore Council, local woman Sally Flannery has been subjected to sustained attacks, both online and upon her property.

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Byron and Ballina secure funds from Coastal and Estuary Grants

A coastal hazard assessment study and a coastal management program will be funded as the NSW Government announces over $100,000 for Byron and Ballina Shire Councils under the 2020-21 Coastal and Estuary Grants Program.

Professor Graham Samuel says dementia care is personal

In a moving address to the National Press Club in Canberra yesterday, Dementia Australia Chair Professor Graham Samuel AC shared his personal experience of dementia – the anguish, bewilderment, frustration and torment experienced by his mother as she descended into the abyss of the disease.

Poor Pauline

Bob Vinnicombe, Sefton A lot of hypocrisy from Labor and The Greens about respect for women. Look at the treatment...

Bayside, The Corso

Annie Radermacher, Brunswick Heads A clear description of the proposed development as presented to the public was of 37 boarding...

Linen SHIFT project urgently needs new home

With a vision to disrupt the cycle of women’s homelessness, the Linen SHIFT project was born to provide unique individual support and education for at-risk women in a safe residential environment, but today they they have been forced to close.

Where announcements masquerade as action

The great secret about government in Australia is this: no-one wants to know about government in Australia.

Julia Lowe, Suffolk Park

Peter Olsen (Letters 12 February) should not willfully spread conspiracy theories about COVID-19 (the official name of the novel coronavirus) for which he has cherry picked facts.

Dr Francis Boyle is a lawyer not a physician or scientist. Claims that COVID-19 is a bioweapon are false. So are claims the first cases were not related to the fish market (read the full set of The Lancet articles).

Dr Joseph Wu’s article in the Lancet was an exercise in modelling the epidemic. The numbers are speculative, not verified. Most cases are mild, so many people may not be diagnosed. Numbers stated in the media come from the World Health Organisation and are confirmed cases.

Dr Jonathon Read’s paper was also a modelling exercise published as a ‘preprint’ ie: an early draft of research. It included some estimates of the number of people infected per case, that have since been revised down, leading to a lower (but still speculative) number.

‘These are very early models that make several assumptions based on what evidence is available,’ said David Heymann, an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in The New York Times. ‘They aren’t truth – they’re just one step in trying to better understand this outbreak.’

The case fatality rate of COVID-19 seems to be less than three per cent, much lower than SARS which killed around 10 per cent of those infected. It is spread by droplet infection – coughing and sneezing contaminating surfaces – or inhaled directly from a close contact. Wash your hands frequently and stay away from people who are coughing and sneezing.

Mr Olsen is correct in saying the infection will finally reach Australia. But the same thing happens every winter with influenza. While a vaccine may be one to two years away, commonsense measures can prevent most cases. Panic and misinformation are more deadly.

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