The South Australian COVID-19 outbreak highlights the need for all Australians to remain vigilant and be tested for the virus, AMA President Dr Omar Khorshid said Monday
The rapid escalation of cases linked to the Adelaide cluster – from four infections on Sunday to 17 today – is of particular concern, Dr Khorshid said.
South Australia has moved to open up significantly after a long period of no community transmission, which makes the community more vulnerable to outbreaks as a result.
“There is no doubt that people are becoming more complacent as restrictions ease and governments aim for ‘COVID-normal’ by Christmas,” Dr Khorshid said.
“We must accept that until there is an effective vaccine, we must live with restrictions and remain COVID-cautious.”
Restriction fatigue, falling numbers of infections and mixed government messaging all appear to be contributing to people becoming complacent, resulting in the significant drop in COVID testing across many parts of the country.
“Getting a COVID test is fundamental to being able to keep COVID-19 contained,” Dr Khorshid said.
“People who do not get tested or delay getting tested for a few days after symptoms set in are putting their families, friends, and colleagues at risk. COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease that can spread rapidly.”