Ben Fordham has released another scathing attack from Australia’s health leaders as a new version of the Covid-19 scare emerges as the most contagious strain of the virus yet to emerge.
The World Health Organization has issued a doomsday warning about BA.2.75, which was first detected in India in May.
Experts claim that the latest strain, nicknamed ‘Centaurus’, has been detected in Australia, with highly infectious Omicron strains BA4 and BA.5 rapidly spreading nationwide.
As Australia faces a third wave of the virus, Fordham says it is commendable that most Australians are getting on with their lives.
The 2GB breakfast broadcaster has called for calm and is one of the few to ignore the recent fear campaign led by Australia’s chief medical officer Professor Paul Kelly and federal health minister Mark Butler.
2GB broadcaster Ben Fordham has praised Australians getting on with their lives as the country faces a third wave of Covid (pictured, Sydneysiders in the CBD on Sunday).
“If you’re one of these people looking at this and refusing to hide at home, good luck to you and I feel the same way,” Fordham said.
‘Many of our own leaders want us to hide under the bed now.’
He called on Professor Kelly’s workplaces to allow staff to work from home and urged everyone to wear masks.
The health chief also warned that the latest Omicron strain poses a ‘significant threat’ to Australia.
Westpac and Telstra were the first to act on Professor Kelly’s advice.
Westpac has given employees the option to work from home while Telco giant Telstra is ‘strongly encouraging’ employees to work from home.
Telstra group executive Alex Badenoch said: ‘We are encouraging our people to work from home, wear masks if they can’t social distance and get their booster shots if they are eligible.
Fordham points out that many Australians don’t have the option to work from home.
Fordham said the rest of the world had moved on from Covid and much of Australia had too (Sydney commuters pictured at peak hour at Central Station)
‘What if you are a small business or work in hospitality or retail?’ he continued.
‘You know what? Millions of Australians don’t want to go backwards.
‘We know what it was like to be locked up at home and separated from our families.
‘We know the risks of the coronavirus, we know the rest of the world has moved on massively and we are doing the same.’
Fordham had this message for those listening to the doomsayers.
‘If you want to live in a house, that’s your call but a lot of Australians won’t, they can’t afford it,’ he said.
‘And most importantly, we don’t want to do it.
‘Maybe our leaders are forced to present the worst case scenario.’
Fordham compared Health Minister Mark Butler’s dire warnings about the latest wave to the language of experts in the United States.
Fordham said it was admirable that most Australians got on with their lives
Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly has called for everyone to wear masks and for employers to give staff the option to work from home.
Fordham quoted Chicago Health Department Commissioner Alison Arvadi, who declared this week that “there is no reason to let the virus control our lives.”
she feels strong’That you can’t just cry wolf all the time’.
“Spot on, Australia is more than 95 percent double dosed,” Fordham said in a statement.
More than 60 percent have received boosters. A fourth jab is available if you want and the hospitalization rate is 1.5 per cent while the ICU rate is 0.04 per cent.’
Fordham ended his four-minute rant by weighing in on the debate over the potential rollback of the mask mandate.
‘If you want to wear a mask – wear one, if you want to stay inside – go for your life, we live in a free country and we can do what we want,’ he said.
‘But don’t feel guilty about wanting others to get along with your life.
‘The rest of the world has moved on and most of Australia has too.’
Australia reported 41,512 new infections and 64 deaths on Thursday with four states and territories yet to release their latest figures.
Ben Fordham (pictured with wife Jodi) has doubled down on his attacks on covid scaremongers
What do we know about BA.2.75? Should we be worried?
What is BA.2.75?
It is an off-shoot of the BA.2 Omicron substrain that caused the last wave of Covid in April.
It was first detected in India in May and has been found in at least 10 other countries, including the UK and the US.
Is it more dangerous?
Preliminary analysis suggests that BA.2.75 is more transmissible than both BA.2 and BA.5, which is behind the current increase in the UK.
But there is no evidence that it is more likely to cause serious illness.
Should I be worried?
Professor Paul Hunter, an infectious disease specialist at the University of East Anglia, told MailOnline that the BA.2.75 wave could be the least lethal so far.
It is not expected to hit the UK until later this year as cases are too few to start pushing the current BA.5 out of circulation.
Professor Hunter said a combination of vaccines and recent infections this summer could give people better protection when it finally arrives.
Now Covid doomsayer Norman Swan warns Australia will be ‘stuffed’ in next edition unless country reintroduces masks – as ABC cheers on mandates
ABC presenter Dr Norman Swan warned Australia could be ‘stuffed’ when the next version of Covid-19 hits our shores if the mask mandate is not rolled back.
Dr Swan on Monday called for masks to be withdrawn in indoor settings because the highly contagious and ‘immune-suppressing’ Omicron runs BA4 and BA.5 widely.
State and territory leaders called an urgent national cabinet meeting on Saturday after Federal Health Minister Mark Butler warned to expect ‘millions’ of cases in the coming months.
Dr. Swann called the latest wave of ‘immune evasive’ sub-variants very worrying.
The accredited medical doctor said vaccines are not working as well as they used to as he called for improved ventilation measures and mandatory indoor masks.
There are growing calls for Australians to wear masks in high-risk environments such as shopping centers (Sydneysiders pictured in the CBD on Sunday)
Dr. Swann told ABC’s Radio National Breakfast: ‘We probably need to mandate masks and N95s in high-risk environments, otherwise when the next version comes and it’s more virulent than this one – in other words more likely to kill you or make you serious. Ill – we’ll be full.’
Dr. Swann asserted that it was the government’s responsibility to restore mask regulations and that vaccinations alone were not enough to protect the population.
Dr. Swan said that he will be hosting the world’s leading immunologist Chris Goodnow of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research as a special guest on Radio National’s Health Report programme.
‘He himself has had four doses of the covid vaccine and is currently unfortunately incapacitated from the cardiac side effects of covid,’ said Dr Swan.
‘The point he will make tonight is that vaccines are important in protecting against serious diseases but they don’t work as well as they used to.
Dr Norman Swann says vaccines are important but they are not working as well as they did with previous Covid variants. Pictured is Olympian Kate Campbell getting vaccinated
‘What’s not happening, what some people thought, is that we will build up background resistance and it will get lighter and lighter over time.
‘What this shows is that with repeated re-infections, there is an increased risk of heart, kidney and other side effects, which increases over time without vaccination.
‘We have to slow it down and stop it because we’re going to have a significant burden of heart and lung disease as a result.’
Dr Swan said the current third wave of the virus in Australia was very worrying.
‘The history of this virus is confusing, with a new variant emerging every six months or so,’ he said.
Even though BA4 and BA.5 are sub-variants of Omicron, they are behaving as new variants.
‘Six months after Christmas, here we go again with viruses that are evading the immune system.
‘Over time, this virus is puzzling immunologists because it is not behaving as expected.
‘The government has loaded the dice on the vaccine and the vaccine is not enough.’
Australia could be ‘stuffed’ until the next Covid-19 variant emerges, according to Dr Norman Swann (pictured)
Dr Swan ended the radio interview accusing the federal and state governments of prioritizing the economy over public health.
“Wearing masks shouldn’t affect the economy to a significant extent but we have to slow it down and better plead with people not to go to work,” he said.
Even young people are experiencing these long-term side effects despite not being seriously ill.
‘It’s not a common cold – and it’s not the flu.’