COVID-19 ERADICATION in Australia

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24/07/2020

The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP, Premier of Victoria

Dear Premier,

RE: COVID-19 Eradication

We, the signatories to this petition, are concerned citizens of Victoria and Australia. We request that Victoria pursues a path to ERADICATION, not just suppression.

We recognize that it is extremely difficult to balance the economic impact of SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) versus the health impact of the virus, as there are many unknowns and infinite variables.

We acknowledge that there has been no single answer across the globe that combats Covid-19 effectively without significant hardship. We accept that some form of financial hardship will be part of eradication but are confident that the economic support payments will be suitably managed.

We implore you to start a clear and decisive path to eradication of COVID-19 by all means necessary, as we believe that the ramifications of not doing so will cost us much more economically, personally and adversely affect the viability of our health service sector for potentially decades to come.

We believe that we owe this to the rest of the States and Territories that have been successful in eradication, conceding that we now present the single greatest threat to our fellow Australians.

We ask that you consider the data from recent studies and previous studies that can be used to extrapolate possible outcomes post COVID-19;

-          Around 30% of patients who were in intensive care for COVID-19 may have long-term pulmonary damage. Lungs are not the only organs to likely suffer long-term damage following COVID-19.

-          Long-term cardiac issues have been recognised as a possible outcome of COVID-19. This is potentially as a result of myocarditis, which can lead to cardiomyopathy and permanent myocardial damage.

-          According to the doctors at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, chronic cardiac complications could arise in patients even after recovery as a result of persistent inflammation.

-          Evidence suggests a significant percentage of acute respiratory distress syndrome survivors may suffer long-term cognitive impairment.

-          While there is no long-term data on the psychological impacts of COVID-19, researchers note the rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following SARS and MERS was more than 30%.

https://www.cureus.com/articles/30897-covid-19-pandemic-a-neurological-perspective

https://theconversation.com/delirium-depression-anxiety-ptsd-the-less-discussed-effects-of-covid-19-138671

https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/clinical/what-are-the-long-term-health-risks-post-covid-19

https://erj.ersjournals.com/content/early/2020/05/07/13993003.01217-2020

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(20)30484-9/fulltext

It has been proven that the current effects of the 2nd wave of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and the necessary restrictions levels, their implementation and enforcement will be difficult to cycle between if we seek to pursue a suppression strategy. We are in a feasible position to achieve ERADICATION and implore your Government to pursue this strategy.

Sincerely,

Everett O’Keeffe BPharm

 

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This is one of the most crucial times in Australia’s history. Please stand up to be counted among those who acted in the best interests of the entire nation.