Why EVERYONE is sick: How Australia is now in the midst of a ‘multi-demic’

Why EVERYONE is sick: How Australia is now in the midst of a ‘multi-demic’. By Ben Talintyre.

Australia is being attacked by a devastating ‘multi-demic’ assault from a vicious cocktail of viruses, according to a top medical expert who says the threat has been caused by lockdowns reducing our natural immunity.

The population’s defences against the range of different viruses and illnesses that proliferate in winter has been reduced by the very isolation measures which were meant to help in stopping the spread of Covid.

Now the rapid spread of bugs is being fuelled by cold, damp winter conditions, combined with staff returning to offices and commuting on packed trains and buses.

And that’s on top of the new, more infectious Omicron variant BA.5 which is sweeping through the population.

‘We’re facing a multi-demic of respiratory viruses,’ Sydney University infectious disease expert Professor Robert Booy told the Courier-Mail. …

‘Because were locked down for two years, the level of natural immunity dropped off against flu and Covid, so we have a lot of cases and deaths due to Omicron and the opening of a society with less natural immunity.’ …

NSW alone is facing a massive outbreak of RSV which can kill infants, with numbers skyrocketing from 355 to 3775 cases a week in under a month. Businesses across the east coast have also been decimated by staff falling ill as the range of viruses spread like wildfire. …

Epidemiologist Professor Catherine Bennett told Daily Mail Australia flu jabs and Covid boosters are essential to stopping the spread, along with the return of widespread mask-wearing. ..

Australia recently hit the grim milestone of more than 10,000 dying with Covid, with more than 7,000 of those fatalities in the past six months.

Prof Bennett said good hygiene and face masks are vital to avoid getting sick while returning to normal life.

‘While the exposure risk is so high as Covid and flu continue to spread, you get more bang for your buck practising good hygiene and wearing a face mask,’ she said. …

‘And if you are indoors make sure you are putting a fan on, opening a window and just ventilating inside spaces,’ she said. …

NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant has urged masks to be worn even if it’s not mandatory whenever people can’t socially distance. …

University of South Australia Professor of Epidemiology Adrian Esterman said further doses of the ‘old’ vaccines are of limited value in protecting against infection by the current strains.

‘Although current vaccines based on the Wuhan strain will still provide some protection against serious illness and death against BA.4/5, they are unlikely to provide much, if any, protection against infection or symptomatic disease,’ he said.

Still plugging vaccines, because all other messages are banned. (Thank you PC Pfizer.) Remember when they told us that vaccines would prevent you getting covid, and that covid was a pandemic of the unvaccinated? They will learn eventually, and concede to reality one day, but this is not that day.

Nonetheless, there seems to be a sea-change in understanding among the Australian bureaucrats. Now, how about legalizing ivermectin and HCQ, the best and cheapest anti-virals that work against covid?