The end to mandatory Covid isolation is a gut punch for medically vulnerable Australians | Craig Wallace

6/10/2022 5:59:00 AM

The community has moved on but the virus hasn’t – leaving us trapped and exposed

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The end to mandatory Covid isolation is a gut punch for medically vulnerable Australians | Craig Wallace

The community has moved on but the virus hasn’t – leaving us trapped and exposed

Photograph: Daniel Pockett/Getty ImagesLMore than 15,000 people have died in Australia from Covid, and many of the people that I represent are now approaching their third year of lockdown by proxy. In many ways, for them, the situation feels much worse than 2020 – the community has moved on but the virus hasn’t – leaving us trapped and exposed.

Our needs are straightforward. We want trusted representatives of vulnerable people, at-risk workers and those living with long Covid to be invited to address the national cabinet so that leaders can see the true impact of their decisions. We also want full data transparency and access to health advice on the removal of public health requirements.

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CraigWtweets An excellent article CraigWtweets really well done. Would be because people followed extremely hazardous advice from experts that were paid off. Sad that you didn't go the empowerment of the human body.. why should the public be funding people to be sick at home? excuses excuses for free money

Actually it’s a gut punch to everyone. Most Australians have had a bout of Covid which , ergo puts you in the vulnerable category. Kids are being infected , human rights violated So the solution is isolation periods forever then? What other viruses do we do this for? wilburswormhole Sure is

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‘National cabinet needs to recognise that people with a disability, older people and immunocompromised people have been trapped for almost three years now,’ writes disability advocate Craig Wallace.Wed 5 Oct 2022 01.(QRAC), while the Bullsbrook facility in Western Australia has yet to be used at all.6 Oct 2022, 8:48am First published 6 Oct 2022, 5:00am The infamous pandemic party house of former St George Dragon prop Paul Vaughan has been put up for lease, given his relocation to the UK.

Photograph: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images ‘National cabinet needs to recognise that people with a disability, older people and immunocompromised people have been trapped for almost three years now,’ writes disability advocate Craig Wallace. Photograph: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images Thu 6 Oct 2022 03.09 BST Severe Covid infections can cause immune reactions that damage nerve cells in the brain, causing memory problems and confusion, and potentially raising the risk of long-term health issues, research suggests.56 BST Last modified on Thu 6 Oct 2022 04. At a budget estimates hearing in July, Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles outlined the projected costs of the Queensland Wellcamp facility, which is just outside Toowoomba, about 130km west of Brisbane, at more than $220 million.02 BST L announcement that the government intends to end mandatory isolation requirements was a gut punch for medically vulnerable people, especially towards the end of a long hard year that exposed what many felt was a disconnect between reality and the decisions of governments and public health authorities. The findings are preliminary but suggest Covid can trigger neurological problems in patients without the virus having to infect the brain itself. More than 15,000 people have died in Australia from Covid, and many of the people that I represent are now approaching their third year of lockdown by proxy. Vaughan, who went on to play 24 games for the Canterbury Bulldogs this year, has signed on at the Super League club Warrington.

In many ways, for them, the situation feels much worse than 2020 – the community has moved on but the virus hasn’t – leaving us trapped and exposed. “These neurological symptoms are very concerning for patients and their families, and the hope is that our research can help identify which treatments would be most appropriate to lessen or prevent these symptoms,” said Carmine Pariante, a professor of biological psychiatry at KCL’s Institute of Psychiatry, and senior author on the study. Victoria's quarantine hub at Mickleham opened in February and will close in October. Read more The announcement sparked a snap national town hall meeting of support groups on Sunday, which heard calls to action from people working across the disability, health and employment sectors. People shared poignant stories of their ever-narrowing world and asked: where to now? Our needs are straightforward. They found that levels of a protein called IL-6, which immune cells release as a rallying call for other immune cells, were more than 15 times higher than normal in infected individuals. We want trusted representatives of vulnerable people, at-risk workers and those living with long Covid to be invited to address the national cabinet so that leaders can see the true impact of their decisions. The government said the hub remains an "important asset" should Victoria again need appropriate quarantine facilities to keep Victorians safe from rapidly transmissible diseases. We also want full data transparency and access to health advice on the removal of public health requirements. In these patients, IL-6 was six times higher than in other Covid patients.

We call on governments to commit to actions which protect people with disabilities, older Australians, sick and immunocompromised people and low-income workers. These include making public places such as schools, hospitals, offices and community facilities as Covid-safe as possible through air purification and mask use. The scientists then investigated how high levels of IL-6 might affect neurons in the hippocampus by exposing lab-grown nerve cells to the patients’ blood. The Howard Springs facility in the Northern Territory was repurposed from existing worker's accommodation to became the Centre for National Resilience during the pandemic. We believe that the failure to make public spaces Covid-safe is discrimination against sick, older and disabled people We would also like continued requirements for isolation and testing of all people working in care roles, and support payments for low-income and casual workers so that they are not forced back to work while sick . This includes the removal of mutual obligations for people at risk. The damage caused is thought to drive delirium. We also need long Covid recognised by the NDIS and aged care packages, and for income support and Medicare purposes. Other states and territories used hotels as quarantine facilities.

Let’s see a commitment to implement the findings of the long Covid inquiry as well as clear clinical, rehabilitation and referral pathways. Dr Alessandra Borsini, the study’s first author, said the impact of the proteins on generating new brain cells was “profound”. Widened access to telehealth, a beacon of progress in the pandemic, needs to continue. National cabinet needs to recognise that people with a disability, older people and immunocompromised people have been trapped for almost three years now. The work suggests drugs known as Janus kinase inhibitors, which are already used to calm dangerous immune reactions to Covid, might combat delirium and its knock-on effects. "Its closure is another step in our recovery from the pandemic," he said. Our people are taking personal responsibility for our own health – by shielding and keeping out of intensive care units. Yet this comes at a high cost to wellbeing and we need pathways back to living. The state of confusion leads to a substantial rise in the risk of dementia .

We believe that the failure to make public spaces Covid-safe is discrimination against sick, older and disabled people – and this should be recognised. "I suppose there's an account and an accounting aspect, which is, did you build up the most efficient way you could?" he said. We need actions that enable us to “carry on”. Measuring the levels of the immune proteins in patients could help personalise their treatment, she added. This means continuing a non-contact service frameworkfor Centrelink and other government agencies, and providing support for people who wish to carry on working or studying from home. We also need a practical community development framework for those who remain isolated, including access to a guaranteed care workforce, essential medications and healthcare treatment. The reduction in repair mechanisms and regeneration might begin to explain why people with delirium can have longer term cognitive problems. "I think politically, (the government) wouldn't have been able to not build them in a sense, so I don't think they had much choice," he said. Finally we call on governments to acknowledge the extent of loss and grief in the vulnerable community because of Covid.

It’s not OK to simply say we are “moving on”. But confirmation will need to come from further work, he said, such as the , which is investigating 800 UK patients who had neurological or neuropsychiatric complications from Covid. We need to treat the dead – including leaders from the disability community like John Moxon, who died from Covid a fortnight ago – with respect and decency.. If we reflect on the toll of the last few years – a carnage of life, civil discourse and decency – we might still take pause and see a glimmer of hope as we approach the end of 2022. Craig Wallace is head of policy at .