@cat yes and no - I don't think any one state can claim to follow the rules better than others. It's more that some states have rules to follow much earlier in an outbreak than others, thus preventing the small possibility of larger outbreaks. Criticise all you want, but it can't be denied that caution in Qld has given Brisbane a total of three short lockdowns in the last year. Our longer lockdown earlier last year was shorter and less restrictive than most other places (many kids missed only 4 weeks of face to face learning and the rest missed 5 and we could always have visitors). While NSW were wearing masks and not allowed to sing etc, it was life as usual here.
@fzmclaren sure lockdowns are not sustainable. But at the moment in Australia if we don't lockdown we will have enormous loss of life. We simply can't say we want to live with the virus in the way that the UK might choose to because only 13% of Aussies are vaccinated.
@cat it was very small in Brisbane, and we have hardly any cases. In fact only around 40 mystery cases over the whole time. Closing the borders was helpful in that respect I think but there has also been a lot of luck I reckon.
Are there any countries learning to live with covid that *didn't* come to that point via colossal loss of life and strain on medical professionals?
@fzmclaren it is appalling what goes around photo-wise in schools. And unless they are being groomed, it's almost as though ultimately there really are only victims. This kind of thing is good for no one.
Maybe we could just stop staring at the bodies of others on our screens so frequently.
@an they were up to almost 100 deaths today, is that worth reporting?
Are these not the same people whose mother died of covid yesterday? That was a very sad part of the story.
@mamamia-user-228828311 the choices are not:
@gypsy actually, quite a lot of chanting happens in religious gatherings
@fightofyourlife true - there is no basis for assuming that an increase in drinking would lead to better mental health or that the decrease in drinking is detrimental to mental health. So it is linking unrelated things in that sense. I'm no scientist but I think there is a muddle of independent, dependent and control variables. Perhaps if we knew what questions the dr had been asked it would be clearer.
And while we are talking about unfair, why is Shellharbour locked down when they have zero cases and not even anything in their sewage?
@rush it does say biological mother. Perhaps she's adopted? Or was cared for by a relative?
How is it a racist law?
@cat and if it gets mentioned a few times, maybe parents will listen!
@kittym we've had that experience too but it was in a context where whatever the parents did the kids continued to be monsters. By mutual agreement we kept kids as separate as possible.
@laura__palmer I imagine it's a lot more anxiety inducing to have to navigate a tricky relationship on the terms of the person making it difficult while never mentioning the difficulty, avoiding it at every turn and pretending that the problem doesn't exist and your children are simply too busy to catch up with theirs. But each to their own!
@cherryblossom Again: I didn't say it would go well, I am simply encouraging authenticity as opposed to pretending there is no problem. I'm surprised that so many people seem to favour pretence.
@no pufferfish sure it may not be well received, but isn't it important to be truthful and clear? I'm not suggesting someone be nasty, just honest. This action is the only one that has any possibility of resolving the issue. Hiding away, ignoring or avoiding do nothing about the problem except kick the can further down the road. What kind of friend do we want to be? What kind of parenting do we model?
In cases like this, Can't you ask your friend why she chooses not to intervene? Or even "could you please help X not to hit Y? Y doesn't like it and nor do I".