Your opinion: about rules for close contacts

Today, readers comment on an expected SA easing of seven-day isolation from close contact with households.

Commenting on the story: SA rules for close contact are on the agenda as Vic, NSW demand isolation

Instead, strive for adherence to the advice of epidemiological and pandemic specialists rather than “national consistency”.

I care much more about the health of my fellow South Australians (and other Australians I should say) much more than I care about following a line that may or may not be fact-based, best practice, sensible and effective. – Nicola Stratford

I’m curious about the idea of ​​changing the close contact rule to just require five negative RATs for seven days.

At $10-12 per RAT, that seems like a good solution for the wealthy, not so much for the masses, unless the state government plans to make them free and readily available. – Bruce Hampson

I just went through it and I’m not quite done with the Covid experience, I can’t understand why there is so much pressure to remove the close contact requirements.

I have no idea where I contracted the virus, and I am quite careful about wearing masks, as I belong to the vulnerable senior group. My wife didn’t show symptoms until three days after my PCR test. Look, she’s going to get tested and gives a positive result.

If that hadn’t been necessary, we would have had to use five RATs, only to find in the third that she would have tested positive and infected humans. Not good!

In addition, there are many of us who do not receive free RATs. I’m sorry, but the cheapest we’ve found where we live is about $12 each. I’m not sure about most people, but I don’t see why I should pay so much money just because other people don’t want to take the proper precautions to get vaccinated and/or wear masks.

This policy is literally going to kill people for no reason. Government policy is adapted to public opinion. Perhaps our leaders should lead and not follow. I’m sure there are a lot of government policies that we would like to change because we don’t like it, but we don’t think so. Why do we change one that will directly result in the death of vulnerable people. – Robert Sibson

I just read your article on SA’s Covid-19 closure rules finally coming to review and thought I’d share some comments on the subject from Rome, Italy.

Here spring and the Easter holidays have arrived with a bang. Just like the days before 2020, there are tourists and pilgrims everywhere; the city is bustling with people.

Pope Francis led the famous Stations of the Cross in front of a live audience of what appeared to be hundreds of thousands of people in the Colosseum, and yes, everyone I saw was wearing a mask.

Here you will not hear a word about mutated Covid strains, waste water tests, new variants or rules for close contact. There is no chatter about quarantine requirements, there are no newspapers with the Italian equivalents of Nicola Spurrier and Police Commissioner Stevens. Covid numbers are available on the Italian Health Department’s webpage, if one chooses to search for them.

Before arriving in Italy, people who are fully vaccinated have to fill out a passenger locator form and that’s the end of the matter; if someone develops symptoms, the responsibility lies with you. There are Covid testing stations in public places all over the city, with no lines. Some offer results while you wait.

People wear masks indoors and many places ask for a green pass or its equivalent. The Australian International Covid Certificate available to passport holders on MyGov does not have a QR code, but it does show the current vaccination status for entry to museums, art galleries and the like.

Restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes are all open and business is thriving. Romans are doing what they are good at, getting on with their lives and ‘living with Covid’. Covid safety is for the most part a matter of personal responsibility and is taken very seriously.

Covid 19 is of course a very serious matter and should be treated seriously but it is refreshing, coming from Adelaide, to see people being treated like adults for a change. – Gilbert Aitken

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