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The main issue the ‘Freedom Fighters’ have with the state governments is that they believe COVID poses minimum health risks, if indeed it exists at all, whereas the established view is that COVID is a real danger and lifting all restrictions will cause hospitals and in particular ICUs to be overwhelmed.

There seems to be no common ground on which a compromise can be reached, each side believing the other is dangerously misinformed. It comes down to a matter of faith in the information one holds to be true.

This paradox can never be fully resolved, but a solution could be found to satisfy both sides. 

All mandated restrictions could be lifted, but only vaccinated people would have access to treatment in hospital or at healthcare facilities for COVID. This would provide a high level of protection for everyone working in healthcare and reduce the call on ICU beds to an acceptable level (see *note below). 

Although this would pose an increase in risk for the vaccinated they could still maintain precautions such as mask wearing and social distancing, as they choose. People who choose to be unvaccinated and who fall ill with COVID would be cared for at home, and would be free to avail themselves of information and medication from people they trust, such as Craig Kelly, George Christensen, Pete Evans or Jesus. They would still be admitted to hospital if suffering any illness other than COVID and symptoms of the disease.

*Note: If you believe October’s ‘official’ figures for NSW, of the beds in ICU taken by COVID patients, 84.4 per cent were occupied by unvaccinated patients and 9.1 per cent by the fully vaccinated. If you don’t believe the ‘official’ figures then it doesn’t really matter.

Patrick Lenfesty, Ballina

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  1. Instead we have ‘monkey see monkey & monkey do’. All will be alright
    on the night. I don’t believe that. Too many know it alls knowing less
    than nothing.


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