Interview

Uncommon Sense: An Epidemiologist Explains The Need For Face Masks And A COVID-19 Elimination Strategy

Professor Mary-Louise McLaws is an epidemiologist at the University of New South Wales, and a member of the World Health Organisation’s Advisory Panel for Infection, Prevention and Control Preparedness and Response to COVID-19. Mary-Louise calls in to Uncommon Sense for an in-depth look at the evidence and issues she sees in her work, including how wearing a face mask inhibits the spread of the coronavirus. They also discuss the evidence and arguments for Victoria and Australia undertaking an elimination strategy as opposed to the current nationally endorsed suppression strategy. Mary-Louise argues we need all of society – economists, politicians, civilians, and businesses – to get behind an elimination strategy to reap the ongoing benefits that countries like New Zealand are seeing. Mary-Louise discusses the scientific findings and her views on these issues as well as the emerging evidence from around the world that COVID-19 causes medium and potentially long-term chronic illness and disability in some people, including young, previously healthy adults. This conversation is occurring in the context of Victoria’s current increase in COVID-19 cases – a second wave – and the importance of making public health information accessible to people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Marylouise McLaws
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