16.7 C
Byron Shire
May 9, 2021

Conspiracy or not?

Latest News

Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Other News

Search for a home

Jules Claydon, Ocean Shores I helped a friend move to a new rental property last week, relieved that a stressful...

Mayor’s parting gift 

Michele Grant, Ocean Shores The Mayor’s parting gift to the Bruns/Bayside Community was ushering through approval for the controversial Corso...

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.

Thousands of sober stoners march for drug law reform in Nimbin

Nimbin HEMP Embassy President Michael Balderstone said he was surprised at the high turn-out, given a heavy police presence on streets surrounding the rainforest village.

Respect for Country

Léandra Martiniello, Whian Whian It is the night of the full moon, I have just watched it rise. On the...

Editorial: The beef about meat

Firstly, let me declare an interest: I have been a vegetarian for 49 years, so tasty cow parts are not high on my agenda.

Andrew Christopher, Byron Bay

Despite having over two million visitors per year, Byron Bay has only had one case of community transmitted COVID-19 (and he was a visitor from Queensland).

Why has Byron Bay been bulletproof? In a nutshell: healthy, outdoor lifestyles. Let’s leave the over 70 at-risk-group aside as it’s through no fault of their own.

Studies have shown vitamin D deficiency is a main contributor to hospitalisations owing to COVID-19. The other main contributor to covid mortality is obesity. Studies have shown countries with high rates of obesity have death rates ten times higher than countries that don’t. Seventy-eight per cent of those hospitalised from covid in the US were overweight.

As the Byron experience, and science, shows; if you’re under 70, sun and healthy living are the key to keeping away this virus.

Yet we have a government who responds with fear-based, one-size-fits-all restrictions whenever there is a case. Bluesfest was a perfect example of this. Despite zero evidence worldwide of any super-spreader events occurring outdoors, the government took the knee-jerk reaction to cancel Bluesfest the day before. Consequently, the town was hit pretty hard. Many local businesses rely on the Easter weekend to generate most of their income for the year. Food stalls were devastated, having bought all the supplies needed for a busy Bluesfest weekend.

In reality, the population of Byron has suffered owing to ‘wokeism.’ We live in an era where feelings matter more than facts. If the government really took a science-based approach to covid, they would isolate those at risk – the elderly and the obese. Why should those who’ve made correct life choices lose their livelihoods to protect those who’ve made poor life decisions?

Yes, we have our share of nutbags here – the Bill Gates microchipping, 5G conspiracy theorists.

But let’s use the Byron Bay experience to help make more informed decisions in future. Where approaches and good outcomes are backed by science. Isolate those at risk, and let everyone else live their lives. Who knows, maybe it’s the wake-up call most people need.

 

Ed note: The one local man who caught the virus at the Beach Hotel from infected Queenslanders was from Ballina Shire, not QLD.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Before you get ahead of your self it is a simple case of population density. Any disease has a tendency to affect the unhealthy more than the healthy. And btw one can get plenty of sun and excersize living in central Sydney! Government needs to take a one size fits all approach with a fast moving pandemic lest management becomes overwhelming. Berejiklian has managed this at world gold standard whatever side of politics you are on it is a simple statistical fact considering infection rates and economic impacts. Stopping Bluesfest going ahead was unfortunately necessary. The risk was not worth taking and other states may have well blocked returning visitors.

  2. Byron is not bulletproof.
    That visitor figure you speak of is a growing estimation, averaged over the past 10 or so years.
    Do you honestly think there were 2 million visitors to Byron Bay in 2020?
    If you are going to try using a science-based approach, then accurate up-to-date data is essential.

  3. There are a few things to think about here:

    Firstly the way infection rate and death rate seem to have been used quite interchangeably. What are you suggesting our healthy outdoor lifestyle protects us from: infection or serious disease and death once infected? Clearly if there is little or no community transmission there will be little chance of a high death rate.

    While some studies, I believe, have suggested a slight protective effect from vitamin D, I don’t know that any serious medicos are suggesting it is enough on its own to feel bulletproof. I reckon there’s a fair bit of it India as well as low obesity rates.

    “Seventy-eight per cent of those hospitalised from covid in the US were overweight.” The obesity rate in the USA is around 42%, the rate of people ‘overweight’ (a different yardstick) is likely to be much higher. Therefore you would expect that a significant proportion of any cohort is likely to be overweight. I’m not suggesting it’s not thought a risk factor but it’s certainly not the only one and for many of these a bad lifestyle choice cannot be blamed.

    The idea that you can isolate particular groups (lock up everyone over 65 say?) carried some favour when little was known about the practical realities. Apart from this isolation not being an acceptable measure long term, these groups will require interaction with those moving freely in the community. Look at what happened in aged care.

    The exponential growth of infection has dissuaded many of the more cavalier countries from believing we can “live with the virus”. The consequences can be seen around the globe. Moreover the areas where it surges provide so many more opportunities for dangerous mutations to occur and thus the world has been faced with more infectious and virulent variants that are more resistant to vaccines and behave in new ways eg a greater tendency to infect children.

    Then there is long covid. Even people mildly affected have experienced long-term debilitating symptoms and no-one knows the long-term consequences eg like post polio syndrome.

    The strategy of elimination (pursued by most of the states but not the feds) has served Australia well. You can’t let this virus run riot. The alternative, stamping it out where it arises with swift action has collateral damage but shit happens (like a pandemic). Due to a lot of and good state/territory management the freedom of our everyday lives in this country would be welcomed by most other countries.

    Leave the quick fixes to epidemiologist and expert statistical analysis.

  4. How about a 76 year old female who’s had 2 strokes & frontal lobe damage managing to walk
    4 ks each day & lifting lite weights while weighing in at 8 stone has a right to hang around
    while being a useful member of the community?

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Upside down river

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Letter contributor Richard White (letters 21/4/21) quite correctly identifies the Richmond River as an ‘upside down river’ and nowhere is this more...

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.