Elimination of COVID-19 possible in Victoria if lockdown endures

3/05/2020 1:00:00 PM

'This two weeks will really tell us what's going on': Victoria is attempting to test 100,000 people before May 11.

'This two weeks will really tell us what's going on': Victoria is attempting to test 100,000 people before May 11.

Maintaining the restrictions and border lockdowns could lead to the virus being eliminated, rather than suppressed, epidemiologists say.

Larger text size Very large text size The complete elimination of COVID-19 in Victoria is still a possibility, but one that would require the maintenance – and perhaps upgrading – of the state's strict social distancing restrictions.Five-year-old Tehan's work is called Fighting Covid.Morrison's media messaging on COVID-19 must address 'genuine behaviour change' 01/05/2020 | 6min Founder and Executive Creative Director at DPR & Co Richard Ralphsmith has assessed the government's media strategy during the coronavirus pandemic saying thus far "simple, basic messaging about hygiene" has proven to be "pretty solid".More Aussies adopting greyhounds amid COVID-19 pandemic 02/05/2020 | 4min As Australians spend more time isolating many are using the time to settle in a new family member.

Epidemiologists told The Age that maintaining the state's restrictions and border lockdowns could lead to the virus being eliminated, rather than suppressed.Their comments come as other states begin to loosen their lockdown regimes after positive signs of flattening the curve of infection.They are attacking us," Tehan's description reads.Premier Daniel Andrews and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton have continued to maintain the need for one of the country's strictest lockdowns."You've actually got to try to appeal to people in an emotional sense".They have stuck to May 11 as the date when stage three restrictions could be reviewed and downgraded.They are holding a big shield between us and the virus.Victoria recorded its sharpest increase in new cases in two weeks on Sunday as the total rose by 13 to 1384.

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos attributed the rise in part to the biggest day of testing by any state." ( Art Gallery NSW: Cillian, age 8 ) Each month an Australian artist will choose a theme.The state is attempting to test 100,000 people before May 11.'I'm going to exaggerate a little bit but you can pretty much have the MCG open for say, 20,000 people.With people around the world being physically isolated, many of us, including kids, have had to turn inward to get through.' Credit: Getty Images Advertisement "This two weeks will really tell us what's going on," said Professor Catherine Bennett, chair of epidemiology at Deakin University."If the testing blitz doesn't find any more cases [of community transmission] then I think it goes on the table as something people might want to consider in Victoria."So this idea that if we are in still private spaces, that extraordinary moments can still happen.

But the risk is that we are isolated from the rest of the country." Elimination is generally considered to be at least two weeks without an infection that can't be traced to a known source." ( Art Gallery NSW: Aimee, age 5 ) Art is an important tool kids can use to process the world around them, says psychologist Jocelyn Brewer.A daily increase in cases wouldn't necessarily mean resetting the clock if they can be linked to somewhere such as a cluster from an aged care facility or factory.Victoria appears tantalisingly close to having elimination as an option.And while Barton is reluctant to choose a favourite, she did say there was one work that made her smile and laugh out loud.In the past seven days, while overall cases have risen by 35, those with an unknown source of infection have grown by just five.

There are 15 still under investigation.Art Gallery NSW: David, age 5 ) "The title of the work is 'Thousands of Polar Bears'," she says., more than 100 researchers from the Group of Eight universities said choosing the elimination strategy over suppression would mean staying in lockdown for longer, possibly another 30 days.Health Minister Jenny Mikakos."I just thought, that is the best.Credit: AAP "There's no magic recipe but if you were going to go full hog for it, you know really go hard, then you would maintain the level of physical distancing and social policies we have at the moment," said epidemiologist Tony Blakeley.High levels of testing would also be needed, experts say, as well as strict contact tracing of new cases." Animal Band: "That's my rock'n roll dog Jack singing, three goldfish dancing, an octopus drumming, a squirrel playing the keyboard and a chicken playing the guitar.

Closed borders may also be required, with New South Wales experiencing higher levels of community transmission.Proposing all of this to a population already fatigued by lockdowns would be politically difficult, but the benefits of such a strategy could be greater."I'm going to exaggerate a little bit but you can pretty much have the MCG open for, say, 20,000 people or something like that," said Professor Blakeley of the elimination scenario."Because you've really got no transmission, as long as you've got your borders closed, you can get on and function near normally." Sticking with suppression by opening up society slightly could lead to a "limbo" period of waiting for a vaccine that might never arrive, he said.

But while elimination would boost confidence in the community that people could move about more safely, things could change quickly."Common sense plus experience in places like Singapore tells you as long as you've got a single case you can get another outbreak on top of you before you know about it," said University of Melbourne epidemiologist Professor John Mathews..

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Victorians continue to not observe social distance in retail spaces. Length of lock down becomes irrelevant. The Government is attempting to make up lost ground due to a poor initial approach to testing, we’re suffering as a result of its failure. DictatorDan living his authoritarian dream. Don’t give Dan any further ideas. I am surprised that he has not taken the state to lockdown level 7 yet.

This mop is going to kill Victorian economy altogether Even you eliminated in Victoria,how about the rest of Australia,the rest of world? Dan gets his $40,000 a month salary transfered to his bank account then stands up and says, 'I know this is tough for alot of people.' This Commie bastard only KNOWS how to lick a Chinese gangsters arse!

I’m happy to chase elimination This is not the Spanish flu it’s a bad flu season shutting down isn’t justified take precautions and deal with what comes those high risk stay home economy is damaged enough Its not possible nor realistic. Just as its not possible nor realistic to eliminate flu. You can only take sensible precautions to limit number of transmitions.

We did this to flatten the curve and let hospitals cope . Total lie . What unrealistic goal does he have in mind ? Total destruction of the economy for some unattainable goal ? Yes they have been lying Don't overwhelm icus done There is no plan they lack transparency and the laws are stupid with no medical evidence

Kids' coronavirus art reveals how they're processing the COVID-19 pandemic - ABC NewsFor many kids, art is part of how they're processing the COVID-19 pandemic. Now some of their creations are being showcased in an online exhibition. Excellent mind control🤘

So after piling on Andrews over the past couple of days, change of tact by Nine Media. I wonder what could have brought this on 🙄

Morrison's media messaging on COVID-19 must address 'genuine behaviour change' | Sky News AustraliaFounder and Executive Creative Director at DPR & Co Richard Ralphsmith has assessed the government's media strategy during the coronavirus pandemic saying thus far 'simple, basic messaging about hygiene' has proven to be 'pretty solid'. \n\n'In some sense, we need to think a bit more broadly about genuine behaviour change,' Mr Ralphsmith told Sky News host Gary Hardgrave.\n\n'And genuine behaviour change is a much more specialised and more difficult discipline in advertising than simply communicating basic messages'. \n\n'You've actually got to try to appeal to people in an emotional sense'. \n\nImage: AP

More Aussies adopting greyhounds amid COVID-19 pandemic | Sky News AustraliaAs Australians spend more time isolating many are using the time to settle in a new family member. \n\nGreyhounds as Pets say adoption rates over the past six weeks during the coronavirus lockdown are on the rise.\n\nVet and general manager of Greyhounds as Pets Dr Alicia Fuller told Sky News “in the last six weeks they have had “close up to 300 applications to adopt our greyhounds and about 150 applications just to foster”.

How COVID-19 has affected our sex livesThe Great Lockdown has been especially tough on single people who share with others, those living alone, and young people navigating the dating scene. Surely there are more important things to write about I really don't care about anyone's sex life. Easy. Ignore the government restrictions.

Tas Premier lifts restrictions after shutting down a localised COVID-19 outbreak | Sky News AustraliaExtra lockdown restrictions imposed on Tasmania's north-west are being lifted after localised outbreak was brought under control. \n\nSchools and non-essential businesses were forced to close when a cluster of cases were identified at Tasmania’s North West Regional Hospital. \n\n127 people were infected and 11 people died as a result of the outbreak. \n\nHowever, no new cases have been identified in Tasmania over the past 24 hours, causing the state’s Premier Peter Gutwein to relax the more severe lockdown measures.\n\nImage: Getty Meanwhile in Victoria we have virtually no cases, but kids don’t go to school. Stupid. The UK approach of 'herd immunity' did not work. The UK strategy was based on having 60-70% of the total population getting infected. Hospitals just can't cope. If the easing of restrictions causes further spikes here in Australia, we could end up in same predicament as UK Sky news, giving out false information once again.

COVID-19 cluster identified at Victorian meat plant | Sky News AustraliaA coronavirus cluster has been identified at a meat packing plant in Victoria.\n\nEight cases have now been linked to the business, but further infections could emerge, after all employees have been tested. \n\nHealth authorities are refusing to name the virus-stricken business but have assured the public contact tracing and deep cleaning process have been undertaken and the Victorian health Minister said concerns over contamination and food safety were unfounded. \n\nImage: Associated Press\n\n Damn. May they all recover. i heard similar in the US , could be related to Bill Gates getting ready to push his synthetic meat crap upon an unsuspecting public ...