Warren Kennedy, Mullumbimby
Peter Olsen asks if the lockdown’s worth it in last weeks letters. He compares deaths owing to COVID-19 with deaths caused by influenza where ‘no freedoms were taken away’.
There are two differences: there’s a vaccine for flu, and flu is less contagious and less deadly than COVID-19.
If Australia had the same number of deaths per capita as America, a country that has done little to avoid its spread, over 15,000 Australians would have lost their lives to the novel coronavirus.
Have our precautions been worth it? Clearly yes!