Learning to live with COVID-19 in Australia: time for a new approach
Catherine M Bennett
PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH & PRACTICE | SAX INST | Published : 2021
The emergence of the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 has made Australia's 'COVID-zero' strategy unviable. As signalled by the Australian Government's National plan to transition Australia's national COVID-19 response, we need to plan a pathway forward for life beyond lockdown. However, this plan must be guided by long overdue discussions on our tolerance for serious illness, and hospital and intensive care unit capacity. The modelling that informs the national transition plan remains relevant, even with increases in case numbers, but one crucial thing that does change if cases continue to escalate is the effectiveness of test, trace and isolate models. As we move into suppression mode with highe..View full abstract
This project was supported by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.