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Entitled to COVID

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Andrew Christopher, Byron Bay

I just wanted to respond to Mandy Nolan’s piece: ‘Entitled to COVID.’ Mandy, I love your column and agree with your harsh response to the escapee from Sydney.

It’s worth pointing something out: You asked Gladys to ‘Please lock us down’ (obviously written before she did). Now, if you wanted to be locked down, you can do so. Just stay inside your house. The specifics over whether lockdowns work are irrelevant when you were able to do something about it, but then expected the whole region to follow suit purely based on your belief system.

Could you say this is as ‘selfish’ as those who don’t wear masks? You think it’s the ‘right thing to do’, but it is selfish to the 20-year-old kitchenhand at a local cafe struggling to make ends meet.

Just because I am ‘pro’ something does not mean I think it should be mandatory. Just because I am ‘anti’ something does not mean I think it should be banned. This is what’s causing all the current divisiveness; much of it stems from a one-size-fits-all approach to a virus that does discriminate. Based on the data, there are clear segments of society that are vulnerable. Maybe a more targeted approach based on people’s age and underlying risk factors would alleviate the current ‘us vs them mentality’. No matter where on the spectrum of risk and compliance you stand.


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  1. Unless you are advocating separating the vulnerable from the less vulnerable I fail to see how that could work . And I am thinking that will only increase the division.

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