OzSAGE is concerned at the excess deaths related to COVID in Australia during 2022. COVID is the now the third highest cause of death in Australia. There is every indication that unless Australia changes its stance on managing COVID this trend will continue into 2023.
The graphs provided show a comparison of the causes of deaths in recent years and it is clear more needs to be done to reduce the excess deaths from COVID. This includes higher levels of booster vaccinations, delivery of safe indoor air in public settings, the use is masks in poorly ventilated indoor areas, the return to free widely accessible testing and review of mitigations used in high risk settings such as aged care facilities.