Tough COVID measures have undoubtedly prevented sickness and death and slowed the spread of the virus. But they do have negative consequences – the economic toll, the serious impact on children’s mental wellbeing and education, loneliness and isolation for many people, and also the delayed diagnoses of serious health conditions, including potentially fatal ones.
Dr Norman Swan has been taking a look at the latest data on mortality in Australia and how the impact of lockdowns may play out beyond COVID.
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