Balanced approach to Public Health

Consider wider implications of public health measures. Bluntly, if public health measures directed at eliminating one virus cost more lives, damage health of more people and destroy livelihoods, then such measures must be quickly reconsidered. Concentrate on promoting a positive message about vaccinations.

Why the contribution is important

Although the initial unprecedented public health response to this crisis had been generally understood and supported, the subsequent measures lacked coherence and scientific justification. There is a clear decreasing support for continued restrictive measures when for vast majority of the public the risk of serous illness or death of this virus is low. The public health policy should now concentrate on targeted help for those vulnerable people who need it and want it. The rest of the population, particularly children and young adults should return to normality as fast as possible. If this is not done, the government risks loosing public support for any public health measure they will try to introduce, particularly vaccination. The government should instead promote a positive message about the importance of vaccines.

by JeniaFinegan on October 06, 2020 at 03:37PM

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  • Posted by AngBen90 October 09, 2020 at 10:19

    There is now a great concern about people being harmed or dying due to Covid-related restrictions, rather than suffering illness or death due to Covid. It is essential to organise our health and related services in such a way so as to provide diagnostic testing and treatment, especially for serious illness. Let's not as a society disregard the health and lives of these people - to address this issue we need to get orgnaised and have a strong commitment at every level of government and healthcare management. To fail to do so will mean, in my view, an increasing loss of public support for the government, generally and in relation to Covid 19 management, as well as unnecessary suffering and death, including through suicide.
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