This is why Mount Isa roofers must continue to wear masks

Dr Jeannette Young has held a press conference to say that an 80 year-old man has died.

This is another reminder that this is a deadly virus, and we still see thousands of people around the world on a daily basis dying from COVID.”

– Triumphant Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath.

 
Mrs D’Ath replaced Dr Steven Miles (a doctor of unionism) in the health portfolio last November. Having cultivated a reverence for life as an industrial advocate for the AWU, as Attorney-General she legalised the dismemberment of nine-month old foetuses in October.

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85 Responses to This is why Mount Isa roofers must continue to wear masks

  1. Shy Ted says:

    And only 2 days til the end of mandatory masks. Wonder what will happen next.

  2. Speedbox says:

    Ha. I’ve been wondering the same thing especially now as some 80+ year old fellow died. Picked up covid in the Philippines or New Guinea. Had been in quarantine.

    But, any excuse will do. Can’t be too careful. Abundance of caution etc.

  3. H B Bear says:

    We are governed by idiots.

    We wish. Alas, it’s worse than this.

  4. Roger says:

    The political posturing that has been on display over the last 12+ months in connection with the virus represents the nadir of our political class.

    And a class they have become, which is a problem for our democracy, such as it is.

  5. Damon says:

    The stupidist meme over the past two years has been ‘save lives’. How many have been saved?

  6. H B Bear says:

    Pony Girl and Sneakers are really scratching around now. Sneakers is lucky because he has the China-Pilbara iron ore shipping to draw on, much of which flys straight out of the Phillipines to provide fodder for the 6pm News scare.

  7. Richard says:

    This is creepy. There are more people wearing masks now than when this thing was actually going around.

    I travel extensively for work and I provide the following insights. Note this is for people outside of venues, not indoors.

    *The wealthier suburbs in Brisbane like Toowong & Tenerife almost everyone (90%+ ) are wearing them. 40-50% for middle-class suburbs and back up again in poorer suburbs.
    * Where people aren’t wearing masks, they are almost all men between 25-60 years of age. Almost all middle-aged women(35-60) wear masks and are the only ones likely to say something about one not wearing one.
    In industrial suburbs, only about 25% are wearing masks and in remote communities about 75% (with the exception of Toowoomba where I would guess it’s around one in four or 25%).

    Form your own opinions as to why, these are just my personal observations in SE Qld over the last two weeks.

  8. Lee says:

    I didn’t think it was possible, but the Queensland government could well be even more moronic and hopeless than the government here in Victoria.

  9. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    In Victoria you can now see the faces of most people ,masks are mandatory on public transport and hospitals . Which I suppose is reasonable . At my local pharmacy they have re,oved those stupid perspex screens tgat actually serve no purpose.
    However we have resumed admittin overseas travellers into the flawed quarantine alp rort ,saw pics of Indians “returning home ” .Indians for Gods sake ! The Chinese virus is rampant there ! “We cannot understand where this Third Wave originated ” yeah right comrade.
    The rotten media is driving this hysteria and the career polliemuppets are being swept away to save teir miserable little careers . God knows where it will end .

  10. tgs says:

    Keep em scared and compliant.

  11. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    Another thing ,we are no longer being brainwashed by the Beloved Comrade Andrews ,not a peep out of him . “The premier will resume his duties very soon ” 4weeks later not a word from him , the injuries he recieved were obviously played down to minimise the huge swell of grief the people would show if they knew the truth . The state is still going without the bullshit ,one sensible thing they are doing is creating immunity from litigation for GPs and clinics compelled to administer the anti Chinese virus untried vaccines ,the law rade will be pissed off they coukd see a nice little earner in that .

  12. Infidel Tiger King says:

    Meanwhile Florida (which unlike Australia has had an actual Covid wave) made masks optional and cases have plummeted.

    They recorded single digit deaths last week and they are fully open for business, leisure and pleasure.

  13. egg_ says:

    Maximum Leader is still in hiding?

    Someone else has pulled off a major Coupf?

  14. Texas Jack says:

    She said everyone who had arrived on the same flight had gone into 14-day hotel quarantine and there is no risk to the community

    Not quite true; multiple cats are being turned suicidal by the post!

  15. shatterzzz says:

    When you’ve just won an election and don’t have to worry about the vote-herd for several years ….. anything goes …..!

  16. Bad Samaritan says:

    What about an Open Thread so’s we can get stuck into the “I considered suicide” dopey sheila from Oz Post sacked for handing the million-dollar-watches to her cronies?

  17. pbw says:

    Mrs D’Ath…

    The apostrophe elides the “e”.

    (H/t to The Avengers.)

  18. duncanm says:

    egg_ says:
    April 13, 2021 at 4:07 pm
    Maximum Leader is still in hiding?

    Someone else has pulled off a major Coupf?

    or option 3/ – he got another kicking.

  19. Humphrey B:

    We are governed by idiots.

    We wish. Alas, it’s worse than this.

    We are actually ruled by malevolent narcissists who will grasp any opportunity to strut their egos in front of us, while they gleefully preen themselves in front of their fellow travelers on a world stage they refuse to allow us to point out their arses are wiped in the same way as ours.
    …and those are their good points.
    Don’t get me started.

  20. duncanm says:

    thousands of people around the world on a daily basis dying from COVID

    about 10 per thousand people die every year from ‘stuff’. Somewhere around 5% of that rate are now covid deaths.

  21. H B Bear says:

    Meanwhile Florida (which unlike Australia has had an actual Covid wave) made masks optional and cases have plummeted.

    They recorded single digit deaths last week and they are fully open for business, leisure and pleasure.

    If the vaccine either doesn’t work/gets sufficient numbers ( which you wouldn’t bet against) what exactly is the Australian plan for rejoining the world. Despite Sneakers wet dreams (eew) we can’t spend the rest of our lives in WA.

  22. Yarpos says:

    About the median age for a male to die in Oz. 81 from memory.

  23. Graham says:

    In South Australia mask wearing – either outside or inside venues – is still very much the pursuit of a small minority. Whether that is a reflection of our common sense or simply of our isolation from the rest of the world/country over the last year I will let others judge.

    As for the cowed and compliant mask wearing Queenslanders – have some self respect, and learn to evaluate risks.

  24. Infidel Tiger King says:

    If the vaccine either doesn’t work/gets sufficient numbers ( which you wouldn’t bet against) what exactly is the Australian plan for rejoining the world. Despite Sneakers wet dreams (eew) we can’t spend the rest of our lives in WA.

    Australia is going to be hermetically sealed for several centuries.

  25. Boambee John says:

    Australia is going to be hermetically sealed for several centuries.

    Not sure that Chairman Xi sees it that way.

  26. H B Bear says:

    Australia is going to be hermetically sealed for several centuries.

    Just like the Miata then? Good plan.

  27. TBH says:

    If the vaccine either doesn’t work/gets sufficient numbers ( which you wouldn’t bet against) what exactly is the Australian plan for rejoining the world. Despite Sneakers wet dreams (eew) we can’t spend the rest of our lives in WA.

    This is exactly where I’m at. Not enough has been said at every level of government about a transition back to normality and there needs to be that transition. Societies that have locked themselves away from the world have stagnated, history has shown us time and again.

  28. Fair Shake says:

    Yeanette Young, the horse scarerer

  29. Speedbox says:

    duncanm says:
    April 13, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    Yeah, some weird stuff happens:

    6,000 people a year die due to texting whilst driving in the US.
    Hippos kill 2,900 people a year.
    Autoerotic asphyxiation kills 600 people each year globally.
    Icicles kill 100 people per year in Russia.
    150 people per year die from being hit on the head by a coconut.
    Being hit by lightening kills 24,000 every year.

    People die from falling out of bed…..all kinds of weird things.

  30. Speedbox says:

    In fairness, texting whilst driving is fairly stupid and killing yourself or somebody else would have a high likelihood.

  31. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV) says:

    Mrs D’Ath replaced Dr Steven Miles (a doctor of unionism) in the health portfolio last November. Having cultivated a reverence for life as an industrial advocate for the AWU, as Attorney-General she legalised the dismemberment of nine-month old foetuses in October.

    baby steps to Soylent Green

  32. John Bayley says:

    I wonder if that moron is equally worried about an 82-year old Australian dead from the Pfizer ‘vaccine’?

  33. PB says:

    When the North was being inundated with multi-drug resistant TB from PNG a few years back there was no panic nor required masking outside of the Hospital’s iso rooms.

    There was no panic because almost no-one outside of the far North heard about it.

  34. Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker) Gray says:

    Here is a thought for having tourists in the future- Bus-tels! Chains of buses fitted out as hotels (like trains with specialist carriages) driving tourists around Australia, and tourists staying on the buses unless being taken to clean sites, like beaches. Instead of staying locked up in their hotels for 2 weeks, and not seeing anything, they could still see lots of places, through the bus windows!

  35. Joanna Smythe says:

    If everyone goes along with the stupid rules and regulations and nobody complains other than the likes of people on the Cat, then obviously the workers are quite agreeable. They are sheep but what can you do.

  36. Bar Beach Swimmer says:

    The decision to restrict AstraZeneca to under 50s shows that the risk of clots from the vaccine is greater for younger people than is the risk of contracting and being hospitalised from the virus.

    What does that tell us about this whole thing? This is the first acknowledgement by the Federal Government that for most people ‘rona is a big nothing.

  37. Rockdoctor says:

    PB says:
    April 13, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Yup I remember that too. Bit of trade and at times direct flights to Port Moresby go out of Townsville. Was pretty calm across NQ, TGH had extra precautions though.
    I was vaccinated years ago against TB, have apparently had a close encounter though that doesn’t surprise me as my Mantoux tests now go nuts. QuantiFERON Gold test cleared me of latent TB though. All the steps above I took without panic, especially after tests eliciting an over the top immune response. I am still miffed this virus has elicited such an over the top response. We’ve seen these before SARS, MERS, Bird Flu, Swine Flu. Some worse than others and at least one of the named worse than SARS-COV-2.

  38. Roger says:

    Australia is going to be hermetically sealed for several centuries.

    Scaremongerer.

    Ten years, tops.

  39. Ubique says:

    In WA it’s harder to spot someone wearing a mask than a State Liberal politician. Common sense is actually only common in WA.

  40. jupes says:

    In WA it’s harder to spot someone wearing a mask than a State Liberal politician. Common sense is actually only common in WA.

    Yeah nah.

    When McClown tells them to, they can’t wait to don the mask. The idiots love it.

  41. jupes says:

    The decision to restrict AstraZeneca to under 50s shows that the risk of clots from the vaccine is greater for younger people than is the risk of contracting and being hospitalised from the virus.

    Here’s something I don’t understand and haven’t had explained:

    Why are under 50s more at risk of blood clots when older people are more at risk in normal circumstances?

  42. Colonel Crispin Berka says:

    they could still see lots of places, through the bus windows!

    They will be more likely to get STDs from each other instead of the locals.
    So it’s like a Contiki tour in every way.

  43. Botswana O'Hooligan says:

    The failed doctor and the failed federal member for Petrie have spoken, let’s hide under the bed after burning chook feathers etc. Up here in “on our selection country” most people thumb their noses at masks but when one attends a dentist and the staff caution you about non mask wearing, one thinks about the irony of the situation, and fools, and more fools, and about ones grandfathers who left this area of country wearing Emu feathers in their hat bands, and one is ashamed to be an Australian.

  44. Dave of Reedy Creek, Qld says:

    A little aside here. Can anyone tell me anything the Queensland Premier or her government has actually done apart from a couple of lockdown and put the entire state in Chinese made muzzles?
    If this keeps up much longer I am selling up and going back to Australia.

  45. 132andBush says:

    Not sure what treatment was being administered here but apparently in the Philippines it was straight on to a high dose course of vitamins D + C (at least) and anti-inflammatory medication.

    *That info is from a friend whose father caught covid in The Philippines. His father is a retired surgeon from the US.

  46. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Always amuses me that a lady called Death (silent “e”) is Health Minister.

  47. Colonel Crispin Berka says:

    Another reminder that Sweden never achieved herd immunity.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/Wyman856/status/1381296353180069891/photo/2

  48. Gorilla Dance Party says:

    In Victoria you can now see the faces of most people ,masks are mandatory on public transport and hospitals . Which I suppose is reasonable . A

    No. None of this is reasonable at all.

  49. Bar Beach Swimmer says:

    Jupes:

    Why are under 50s more at risk of blood clots when older people are more at risk in normal circumstances?

    Jupes, I’ve been thinking about that since last Friday.

    Today it occurred to me that that is not the right question.

    What the problem is that the odds from clots is greater for the under 50s because there is no great risk from getting very sick or dying from the virus. So there is no reason to have the vaccine at all and to have a vaccine that could cause clots in otherwise healthy people is the risk.

    Whereas, for older people, clots can be a risk for any number of health conditions AND so is the risk of becoming very sick and dying of ‘rona. But which is greater? Answer: the virus.

  50. Rockdoctor says:

    FFS test

    Aspirin

    blood

  51. Rockdoctor says:

    Take 2. BBS could the fact older people are on blood thinners like aspirin be another factor as well…

  52. Bar Beach Swimmer says:

    RD, maybe. But it’s the odds. For the under 50s the odds are shorter for clots with AZ than becoming very sick with the virus; for the over 50s it’s the other way around. So how can the government “sell” a vaccine to otherwise healthy people who may end up with mild symptoms if the by-product could be clots? Answer: they can’t.

    For the over 50s, especially those above 70 and with health problems of one type or another, there is a risk. The lady who died the other day in Brisbane from the Phizer vaccine, well, the CMO, made the comment that she wasn’t well anyhow. So it couldn’t be from the vaccine, even though she died 3 hours later. Can’t really say that with young people.

  53. jupes says:

    Thanks BBS that makes sense. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the government explained that* or a journalist had an ounce of curiousity.

    * Of course they can’t, otherwise they would have to admit that young people aren’t at risk.

  54. jupes says:

    The lady who died the other day in Brisbane from the Phizer vaccine, well, the CMO, made the comment that she wasn’t well anyhow.

    As opposed to the vast majority of Covid deaths? FMD I’m sick of the bullshit spin coming from these arsehats.

  55. Chris M says:

    The vaccine ended up finishing off the old Duke guy in England.

    Dive from Wuhan virus or die from the monkey vaccine.

  56. Matt says:

    BBS & Jupes – the risk of the usual clotting is reportedly higher in younger people, and more so in younger women. But you are right that the risk of serious illness and death from COVID increases with increasing age, so the risk equation for Australia (with effectively no COVID) has the cut-off age at 50 years.

  57. Rockdoctor says:

    the CMO, made the comment that she wasn’t well anyhow

    Young really said that. Wow, if so what a bint she is.

  58. Chris M says:

    …masks are mandatory on public transport and hospitals.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_bM1y1IpJY

    This virus is apparently smaller than smoke particles so a little less effective than what this clip suggests, if that were possible. That it to say the masks do absolutely nothing for the virus.

  59. Bar Beach Swimmer says:

    Young really said that. Wow, if so what a bint she is

    RD, not Young; Australia’s, Kelly.

  60. Rockdoctor says:

    BBS, cheers stand corrected. If so what an insensitive d*&%head then.

  61. mem says:

    Just spent 3 days in hospital after delayed ACE inhibitor drug reaction ( low dose anti hypertension drug) that resulted in life threatening tongue swelling, choking and internal swelling of mucosa of gut, bowel etc). Nearly turned turkey and met my maker. I won’t be touching Covid vaccine for quite a while as people on ACE inhibitors apparently more likely to have bad reactions and clots.

  62. LBLoveday says:

    Unlike politicians, bureaucrats and journalists, Oximeters don’t lie.
    .
    I attached an Oximeter and registered a healthy SpO2 of 98, put a mask on and watched it drop to 92, indicating hypoxemia, a natural, dangerous, consequence of oxygen deprivation caused by the mask.

  63. Rex Anger says:

    @ LB Loveday-

    92% is still within the normal range for human beings (SpO2 92-97%, 88% being of concern and 99-100% artefactual).

    But the additional respiratory deadspace of a mask layer is not something you want to lightly inflict on people.

    Healthy ones might tolerate it with some training and adaptation, but a person with any sort of neuromuscular, lung tissue or gas transfer problem is going to be in a bad place before too long.

  64. PB says:

    At least one Victorian Hospital is requiring its staff to take their vaccine at the end of a stretch of shifts so they can be sick on their own time and reduce the absenteeism being caused through nasty reactions to the vaccines.

  65. Bar Beach Swimmer says:

    Mem, sorry to hear that.
    Best wishes & kind regards, BBS.

  66. C.L. says:

    Mem, sorry to hear you’ve had that health scare and glad to know you’re back in business. Hope you have people around to pamper you for a while. Take care.

  67. another ian says:

    If you’ve ever wondered about the background to the Peking Pox masks , lockdowns etc

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/8b/4f/48/8b4f4805d2b25b574f0ca046e606071e.jpg

  68. FlyingPigs says:

    Should there ever be a vaccine effective in preventing the spread of stupidity, ego-centrism and vapidity, I might be all for it. It might be just the shot in the arm this country needs.

    shamelessly stolen from https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/04/cnns_jim_acosta_takes_virtuesignaling_to_a_whole_new_level.html

  69. NoFixedAddress says:

    Take care mem.

  70. Mem:

    Just spent 3 days in hospital after delayed ACE inhibitor drug reaction ( low dose anti hypertension drug) that resulted in life threatening tongue swelling, choking and internal swelling of mucosa of gut, bowel etc). Nearly turned turkey and met my maker.

    Sounds like a close shave there, mem.
    You OK now?

  71. Mark M says:

    This my surprised face after a recent wash …

    Modelling shows mandatory face masks during Victoria’s COVID-19 second wave helped ‘save thousands’

    The pre-print study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, was conducted by a group of leading epidemiologists and experts from Monash University and James Cook University, with a contribution from Brett Sutton, Victoria’s chief health officer.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-14/face-masks-number-one-in-pushing-down-victorian-covid19-cases/100065656

    Wait …

    WHO stands by recommendation to not wear masks if you are not sick or not caring for someone who is sick
    https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/30/world/coronavirus-who-masks-recommendation-trnd/index.html

    Dr. Anthony Fauci One Year Ago: ‘People Should Not Be Walking Around with Masks’
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/03/08/dr-anthony-fauci-one-year-ago-people-should-not-be-walking-around-with-masks/

  72. Mark M says:

    “If you can imagine a situation where you didn’t mandate masks and … you continued on with life as previous, I think we would have had months of very, very high rates and thousands of deaths.

    “It would have really only been the development of significant population immunity through so many people having been infected, that brought the epidemic back down again.” – Lead author James Trauer from Monash University’s school of public health and preventative medicine.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-14/face-masks-number-one-in-pushing-down-victorian-covid19-cases/100065656

    Wait. What?

    When Texas Ended the Mask Mandate, Why Didn’t COVID-19 Cases Increase?

    https://www.dmagazine.com/healthcare-business/2021/03/when-texas-ended-the-mask-mandate-why-didnt-covid-19-cases-increase/

  73. Matt says:

    Will be interesting to see the paper and how they separated out the effects of mask wearing from the other interventions – mandatory masks came in on 23 July and then there was an effective lockdown from 4 August. The effective reproduction number was already trending down before 23 July and daily new cases effectively peaked on 4 August.

  74. Albatross says:

    Matt says:
    April 14, 2021 at 7:44 am
    Will be interesting to see the paper

    You couldn’t read it. You don’t understand elementary statistics. Post DOI.

  75. Bruce says:

    And about the only masks available over the counter at the pharmacies are ALL made in China. And ludicrously expensive.

    I wonder what happened to the huge shipment of Chinese masks that was rejected as substandard by the Euro-types.

    Sent to another market?

  76. Mark M says:

    April 12, 2021: COVID-19 Cases Are Surging in Michigan and the CDC Director Says to Shut It Down to ‘Flatten the Curve’

    “Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who issued and enforced one of the most draconian lockdowns in the country, is now making pandemic-related news again. ”

    https://pjmedia.com/uncategorized/stacey-lennox/2021/04/12/covid-19-cases-are-surging-in-michigan-and-the-cdc-director-says-shut-it-down-to-flatten-the-curve-n1439088

    Fact check: Michigan has no executive order for masks, but it does have a mask mandate

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2021/03/15/fact-check-no-executive-order-but-michigan-has-mask-mandate/4663942001/

  77. Matt says:

    The preprint article ‘Understanding how Victoria, Australia gained control of its second COVID-19 wave’ is here.

    The measure for mask use comes from a YouGov survey done by Imperial College London. It’s hard to find the response rate (the authors of the paper don’t appear to specify), but it seems like maybe 26,000 respondents internationally – so the Victorian number would be small (the supplementary methods show clusters of responses in the 100s). And it’s self-report data on mask wear – “Thinking about the last 7 days, have you worn a face mask outside your home (e.g. when on public transport, going to a supermarket, going to a main road)?”

    They use Google mobility data to measure effects of macrodistancing. Google data is useful, but has limitations too – location services not turned on, bias against non-phone users etc.

  78. kraka says:

    In the two weeks of mandatory mask wearing here in Nth Qld i have worn a mask once at Bunnings-and only because they asked me to. Have spent hours in shopping centres not wearing one and no-one said a word. Even when there are signs saying you cant enter without one have done so and no-one has asked for one to be put on or refused entry. Everyone hates it but they all still wear them because they think it makes them safe. Unbelievable.

  79. Speedbox says:

    From 6am tomorrow (Thursday), the requirement to carry/wear a mask finishes in Qld.

    Anastasia is telling us like she is personally fighting for our freedom. Had the time shaved from 12 noon. ‘Look what I’ve done for you’ attitude. What a despicable woman.

  80. roman says:

    Reasonable people need to just keep on asking the Premier after every announcement re covid: “Have we flattened the curve yet?”

  81. Greg J says:

    I didn’t think it was possible, but the Queensland government could well be even more moronic and hopeless than the government here in Victoria.

    As a long suffering resident of Victoriastan, I do not believe this could be possible.

  82. John A says:

    kraka says: April 14, 2021, at 9:19 am

    In the two weeks of mandatory mask-wearing here in Nth Qld I have worn a mask once at Bunnings-and only because they asked me to. Have spent hours in shopping centres not wearing one and no one said a word. Even when there are signs saying you can’t enter without one have done so and no one has asked for one to be put on or refused entry. Everyone hates it but they all still wear them because they think it makes them safe. Unbelievable.

    Safe – not from the virus, but from official harassment and fines, no doubt.

  83. Tim Neilson says:

    Modelling shows mandatory face masks during Victoria’s COVID-19 second wave helped ‘save thousands’

    What’s the bet that the assumptions on which the computer program works include something like “deaths/no masks correlation is assumed to be .7”?

  84. twostix says:

    “If you can imagine a situation where you didn’t mandate masks and … you continued on with life as previous, I think we would have had months of very, very high rates and thousands of deaths.

    QLD didn’t have any of that, nobody in QLD except a few weirdos wore a mask until Jan 2021. No mass death anywhere, the whole masks in a shop at 5pm sunday arvo is ‘saving lives’ is complete and utter lunacy.

  85. twostix says:

    Masks have become a shibboleth to the US democrat and their lickspittle follower international bugman leftwing professional classes.

    A physical totem to their Science(TM) worship, and of their ability to, as a class, project power outside of their class.

    They want to wear them because they want to force you to wear them, and you don’t want to wear them, but look here, they can make you. So who is in charge around here? They are, and this is just the spoiled infant learning it can make the world change and the adults bend to its will, imagine what’s next.

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