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Long COVID a diagnosis of doom

I concern lengthy COVID can be our subsequent pandemic (“Long COVID to affect 500,000”, July 24). Alas, there isn’t a diagnostic take a look at and no treatment. The worst factor victims might do is wait in line on the clinic. My frequent sense suggests a wholesome life-style and graded again to regular actions are the doubtless options. Giving folks one other prognosis of a persistent illness might be counterproductive, very like now we have finished with persistent fatigue syndrome. Doom and gloom.
Then the get-rich-quick snake oil sellers will emerge to feed off the unwell in our group. We’re so prone to the ability of suggestion. I doubt there can be a lot lengthy COVID identified among the many subsistence farmers of Afghanistan.
Michael Chambers, Mosman

Greens can win day

If the Greens actually wish to obtain one thing tangible with out getting an excessive amount of backlash from Labor’s supporters, they might pressure the federal authorities to cease subsidising $12 billion a 12 months to the mining business (“Greens target budget in bid to block mines”, July 24). It can do two issues: it might assist the federal government restore the price range and the Greens can be thought of a wise negotiator fairly than disruptive. It will additionally obtain help from the teals. Win-win for all events and independents, besides the Coalition.
Mukul Desai, Hunters Hill

Nest egg nonetheless finest guess

Regardless of Jessica Irvine’s assurance, Millennials assuming an indefinite continuation of the current age pension might be in for a impolite awakening (“How much do you need to retire?”, July 24).

That “most retirees in the present day obtain both an element or full age pension” doesn’t imply that “the federal authorities has no incentive to place issues straight”. The mix of individuals residing longer, having smaller households, elevated job insecurity, increased defence expenditures and present unprecedented debt ranges does elevate the query: the place is the cash coming from?

And at some stage the younger will revolt in opposition to paying taxes in order that asset-rich retirees can obtain authorities largesse. Much better to have your individual nest egg than depend on the generosity of others.
Maurice Critchley, Mangrove Mountain

Foot in mouth illness

No one with a mind desires border closure (”Genetic banks and cleaning mats: preparing for the virus”, July 24). The agricultural sector doesn’t need it, the areas don’t want it, enterprise doesn’t need it, the considering sector of Australia (sure, the sector which threw out the federal government in Might) doesn’t need it.
The one “folks” wanting it are the rump of the hard-right Coalition, who need it not from any concern for Australia, however simply to provide themselves one thing about which they’ll rant. The extra issues change, the extra they keep the identical.
Ian Lewis, Kentucky

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