"Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Mr Speaker, I rise tonight to talk about the 746
people who, we know from the current statistics, contracted COVID-19 in
Tasmania in the last week. Surely, a gross underestimate by any knowledgeable
professional, because people are no longer required to get a PCR test, and PCR
tests are not publicly available.
I also want to respect and acknowledge the three people who died in the last
week, and their families, and the 293 938 Tasmanians that we know of, who have
so far been infected at least once with this highly damaging virus, the
What we know is an underestimate. We are coming to understand, every day, how
serious infection with the coronavirus can be once the post-acute phase is
over. There is no doubt that the vaccines that we have, if people keep up to
date with their boosters, reduce the risk of a serious acute disease. I hope
everyone in the Chamber has had a booster in at least the last six months.
However, it does not reduce the risk of infection and it does not reduce the
risk of the damage that occurs to a substantial number of people once they have
been infected with the virus. We know that after infection a second time, the
damage to organs in the body substantially increases.
This is an airborne virus, and it is a virus that affects the vascular system,
and the respiratory system. It affects every organ in the body - the brain, the
kidney, the lungs, the heart, the reproduction system. It causes blood clots
that flow through the vessels, block vessels and cause untimely, early and
unexpected deaths, with such an increase in cardiovascular disease and
particularly in heart attacks occurring amongst young people - people who have
had their lives truncated from what is, largely, an avoidable disease.
We are very concerned that the Premier continues to spread the misinformation
that the COVID-19 pandemic is over. It is so far from over. We wish it was the
case that the virus was not so clever; that it was not able to dodge the
vaccines that we are dutifully taking; but the fact is, it can. It is designed
to evolve and to find every possible way to get into our systems."
Via Violet Blue’s Pandemic Roundup
: May 18, 2023
*** Xanni ***
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Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics