The ‘no worries mate’ Omicron messaging is woeful – our leaders need to act now

Enterprise Professor Stephen Duckett
Discarded mask

Overall, Australian governments managed the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic well. Border closures and state actions, such as lockdowns, averted 18,000 deaths in 2020 and 2021.

This came at a cost in terms of separation of families and friends because of border closuresdisruption to schooling and economic activity, and individual stress.