In March 2020, the government issued reports by modelling experts.
More than a year-and-a-half later, no further modelling reports have been issued on the Covid 19 and Ministry of Health websites. Where is the modelled number of hospitalisations and deaths for 2022? How are we to trust that Covid job dismissals and business closures are worth the harm to families’ earnings, harm to child welfare and the debt for our children to repay?
There’s more than one way of skinning a cat. As a country we need to have the difficult conversation about the trade-off between how many deaths there are and the associated job losses, mental health issues, and debt repayment. Hiding information, and not engaging in discussion of health choices, loses people’s trust.
Andrew Clow, Te Puna.