Norman Swan says people in NSW not ‘respectful’ of Covid-19
ABC health professional Dr Norman Swan has actually declared individuals in NSW are not as “respectful” of Covid -19 as those in Victoria.
The host of The Health Report and Coronacast podcast made the remarks while talking to ABC Radio National’s Fran Kelly on Wednesday.
Kelly asked Dr Swan whether masks were “a strong enough barrier” versus the Delta alternative, which is driving the state’s most current break out.
“No – social distancing, and really quite significant social distancing, has got to occur,” Dr Swan responded.
“We’ve been lulled into a false sense of security. NSW has not experienced a second wave like Victoria, so we’re not respectful of this virus, or NSW people are not as respectful of this virus to the same extent that Victorians are.”
He stated individuals “have got to distance regardless of what the rules are”.
“Masks will reduce the risk by maybe 60-70 per cent if you’re carrying it, and will reduce the risk a little bit of you catching it, but people have just got to stop, think twice whether they go out to a restaurant, whether they go to a bar even though things are open, because that’s where you can really catch it,” he stated.
Reaction on social networks to Dr Swan’s remarks was mostly unfavorable.
“If there’s something more ridiculous than hearing Norman talking about Covid-19 particularly how NSW is doing a bad job, I’d love to hear it,” someone discussed Twitter.
Another stated, “We have a functioning economy in NSW. Victoria is a basket case all because of your kneejerk lockdowns for very minor cases. Don’t lecture NSW about what is right and wrong.”
One user joked, “Here in Sydney we say ‘hi’ when we meet the novel coronavirus, whereas in Melbourne they say ‘good morning’.”
Another composed, “Any chance of getting a real expert on? If Norman said it was raining outside I’d have to go out and check.”
One individual published a picture of a deserted QVB shopping center in the Sydney CBD to refute the claim that “Sydney’s not taking Covid seriously”.
The discussion came hours prior to Premier Gladys Berejiklian revealed sweeping brand-new limitations, consisting of a restriction on taking a trip beyond urbane Sydney and necessary masks all over, consisting of work environments.
Dr Swan had actually been reacting to remarks by NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard on Tuesday prompting Sydneysiders to utilize QR code check-ins, stating he had actually seen “a degree of apathy”.
“The Delta variant of the Covid virus is actually a gold medallist when it comes to jumping from one person to another – it is a long-jumper,” Mr Hazzard informed press reporters.
“We’re all in this together, but if we want to get out of it together safe and sound we need to take very seriously using QR codes and making sure we maintain our distance wherever possible.”
Speaking to Kelly on Wednesday, Dr Swan alerted NSW might deal with a “disastrous scenario” if it did not take extreme action must infections spiral out of control.
“NSW recorded 10 new cases in one day on Tuesday, yet no lockdown – is that the appropriate response?” Kelly asked.
“Well a lot of this is not about numbers, it’s about the nature of the epidemic and the spread and the chains of transmission,” Dr Swan stated.
“People are going to inevitably compare NSW to Victoria. Victoria was a very different situation where there was a gap between the Wollert man and case number five in the Epping outbreak. So they knew that they had a problem on their hands in terms of spread, and they really had to pin that down. When you don’t know where the virus is in the community, then you’ve really got to lock down for safety.”
Dr Swan stated NSW dealt with a comparable circumstance last month when so-called “BBQ man” went to a comprehensive list of BARBEQUE shops around Sydney while transmittable.
“There was also a broken chain of transmission, but NSW dodged a bullet then because obviously the person in that chain of transmission didn’t spread it to very many people,” he stated.
“Now you’ve got a situation where you’ve got a lot of spreading going on but you know the chains of transmission. If you know the chains of transmission the numbers are less important, but they can get quite spooky quite quickly. You’re on a knife edge, because politicians are saying isn’t this great, we’re not locking down, this is fantastic, business is booming. Well let me tell you, business won’t boom if we get significant spread and it’ll be a disastrous scenario if it really gets out of control.”