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October 22, 2021

Mandatory mask

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Mandatory mask wearing is not working. Supermarkets can’t seem to enforce this, unfortunately. If like me, you see a young couple with two children not complying with this, there is nothing the supermarket can do about it. The couple seemed proud to be defying the rules and were singing and encouraging their children to shout and scream, drawing all the attention to them.

No, I did not approach them, as I am over 80 years of age and do not need any possible altercation with them, to say nothing of having them speaking to me maskless. I suggest you keep your local police station on speed dial and report them directly to the police. The rule is toothless and simply does not work. Perhaps fining will.

Joyce Walters, Ballina


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11 COMMENTS

  1. Just very rude, selfish people. They want the right to get sick and the right to infect people. Hope they don’t go to hospital for help, they should sign waivers saying they don’t need medical help.

  2. Just VERY scared young people who don’t have the time or energy to research the facts. This is their way to feel strong in a community in which rental housing is unaffordable, yet valuation of properties has grown by 19% DURING THE PANDEMIC! A sick society, obsessing about daily numbers & vaccination, whilst ripping up a contract for subs worth $90 million, entering into a far more expensive one & yet completely failing to provide both social and affordable housing … I’d prefer to protect my elderly loved ones by wearing a mask & getting vaccinated, but I completely comprehend their frustration with all the levels of government failing Australians & not providing the basics to tax-payers.

  3. Just VERY scared young people who don’t have the time or energy to research the facts. This sick society, obsessing about daily numbers & vaccination, whilst ripping up a contract for subs worth $90 million, eenters into a far more expensive one & yet completely fails to provide both social and affordable housing … I’d prefer to protect my elderly loved ones by wearing a mask & getting vaccinated, but I completely comprehend their frustration with all the levels of government failing Australians & not providing the basics to tax-payers.

    • Doesn’t sound like they are scared Sarah. Probably because Covid has a 99+% survival rate for the majority.

      Important facts we are all forgetting.

      I feel for Joyce. She is in a cohort with a lower survival rate (approx 94%) and an infected person (jabbed or otherwise) without a mask on may have a greater chance of infecting her.

      Fact remains she has a much greater chance of survival than death. Fear doesn’t help, facts might help you stay positive. The numbers don’t lie and they are on your side Joyce.

      • If this was the thinking behind the behaviour (I’m OK, Jack) it just shows how selfish and irresponsible this anti-mask stance is. Age – and surprisingly enough most people over 60 would like to live a little longer – is certainly not the only vulnerability either.

        Masks are part of a suite of measures to keep infection rates down as more than 11% of cases at present result in hospitalisation, with a percentage of those admitted to IC and percentage of those requiring ventilation. The hospitalisation figure is masked by the increasing numbers of hospital in the home cases as hospitals are already buckling. This swamping of the health system has implications for not only exhausted and exposed health staff but anyone seeking or needing treatment for other serious conditions.

        So I would have thought there were good reasons, despite one’s level of confidence in one’s personal safety, to show some social responsibility – and an example to the kids – by cooperating with this minimal inconvenience.

        It would seem sensible too given that Dan Andrews announced yesterday that of Victoria’s new cases 85% were under 50, no one knows who will find themselves very ill from the disease and up to 30% of those seriously affected experience long Covid.

        Then there’s the emerging findings about Delta already known to result in higher numbers of infection in younger cohorts. The SMH reported yesterday:
        ‘ While the science has been settled for a while about Delta being more infectious than previous variants of concern … it was less clear whether it was also likely to cause more severe illness.

        ‘ That debate appears at an end, with both the Doherty and the Burnet institutes adopting the findings of a Canadian study showing unvaccinated people infected with Delta are nearly twice as likely to end up in intensive care and one-and-a-half times more likely to die as people who caught the Alpha variant.’

        These are the nuances we need to consider along with any 99% survival rate plucked from wherever. Any valid, current survival figure now reflects the increasing vaccination levels and the higher representation of younger people in case numbers. Consider also the predictions that the planned exit from restrictions will result in unprecedented impacts on infection numbers and our health systems.

        • So you’re keen to jab the kids Liz?

          Mortality rate as of 20 Sep, 2021 in Australia is 1.3% for the entire population regardless of age. Same for India.
          John Hopkins University & Medicine – Coronavirus Research Centre.

          As for considering possibilities, predictions etc, I’m sure the modelling will be really scary, meteors could hit and destroy the planet as well, then there is real life. Live it.

          • Where did I say I was keen to jab kids, Steve? I didn’t know we got onto that question but I’ll leave those recommendations to those qualified to look at the pertinent facts to establish an accurate risk/benefit balance.

            What I suggested for kids was some good role modelling of social responsibility.

            Death rates in Australia’s third wave are much lower than for the second. Could this be anything to do with the vaccines?

            With the carnage and chaos that India experienced I doubt that any reliable death to case ratio can feasibly be gleaned.

            Don’t get my quoted section about the virulence of delta confused with the fact that these institutes are carrying out modelling. I’m referring to the assumptions now being used. Assumptions based on real time observations of delta in Canada. Not projections and not remotely related to facile comparisons with meteor strikes and their possibilities.

            Thanks for your suggestion. I am enjoying life and I want others to have the chance to enjoy theirs.

  4. Yes, very rude and selfish people indeed Joyce… perhaps each supermarket could enlist social justice volunteers like yourself to monitor and police fellow citizens. Everyone would be very appreciative if you could take time out of your day to champion your own cause Joyce. Be the change you want to see in the world.

    Remember masks protect other people, not you. Well worth researching.

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