A top infectious diseases doctor, who implored the nation’s politicians to take advantage of their Covid-free status earlier this year, has also seen his most dire prediction about the deadly illness come true.
Blaze Newz gathered that Dr John Gerrard, the director of infectious diseases at Queensland’s Gold Coast University Hospital, said in May that he had “no doubt” coronavirus would eventually explode across the nation.
“I have no doubt that sometime in the next 12 months, this hospital will be used for the purpose for which it’s designed,” Dr Gerrard told ABC’s Four Corners.
“I think we’ll have small outbreaks, and they’ll get bigger, and eventually, we’ll lose control, and it will spread.
“That’s happened in the past, it happened, for example, in 2009 with the H1N1 pandemic. And at some point, we will lose control.
“Once we get above a certain critical number the virus will spread, and we won’t be able to contain it.”
While NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the state’s chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant are at pains to stay they haven’t lost control, NSW is regularly recording around 200 cases every day.
NSW is also caring for 250 Covid-19 patients in hospital, with 53 people in intensive care and 20 of those requiring ventilation.
70 cases were in isolation throughout their infectious period and 32 cases were in isolation for part of their infectious period. 50 cases were infectious in the community, and the isolation status of 47 cases remains under investigation.
— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) August 3, 2021
Back in May, Dr Gerrard implored the nation to take advantage of its incredible position of zero community cases.
“We are in this lucky position, this fortunate position, at the moment, that we have this lull, and this gives us an opportunity to vaccinate the vulnerable, and to protect them for when the virus arrives,” he said.
Dr Gerrard, who worked in Sierra Leone during Africa’s devastating ebola epidemic, said the nation was lucky to see a lull in cases — something health experts were not expecting.
“We didn’t expect we would have this extraordinary opportunity to vaccinate the population whilst we waited for the virus to arrive,” he said.
“It’s an extraordinary gift, and let’s hope we don’t waste it.”
Ms Berejiklian today said she wanted to see six million jabs done by the end of August, when the state is due to lift its lockdown.
The Premier also said she was “very keen” to explore what incentives they could introduce to encourage people to get vaccinated.
“In particular we know that people value their freedom, their desire to go back to work, their desire to engage in community life and those are the type of incentives that we‘ll be looking at over the next little while to provide our citizens with the opportunities to know that if they’re vaccinated and their loved ones are vaccinated, there will be opportunities for greater freedom moving forward,” she said.
She said the government believes incentives around more freedoms will be “great motivators” for people to go and get vaccinated.
“Obviously we‘re considering all the options. We believe, based on experience overseas and elsewhere, that allowing people additional movement or activity if they’ve been vaccinated we think is a great incentive and that will be linked to our plan for what life looks like on 29 August,” she said.
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