Elbow room etiquette for 'that' cough: Letters to the editor

READER'S QUESTION: "OK. I can't touch my face, but how do I cough into my elbow?"

READER'S QUESTION: "OK. I can't touch my face, but how do I cough into my elbow?"

'Okay, I can't touch my face'

Your article by John Hanscombe, (Bay Post/Moruya Examiner online) describing how hard it was NOT to touch his face got me thinking: "A pet face protector cartoon maybe?"

I created this one. The model is my nephew, now in his 40s.

I find it very hard to cough into my elbow. Maybe we need some instruction as to how to do it? It's not a technique we learnt as children. Grasp the opposite shoulder with the hand, lean face towards inside of elbow. Cough.

Name and address supplied

Editor's note: No children were humiliated during the digital production of this image.

'Time to ask visitors to desist?'

Should we be encouraging visitors to stay home?

The local hospitals have limited capacity to handle local residents. This weekend there has been a large influx of visitors from Canberra and Sydney. Both these cities have much better medical facilities than our regional hospitals. While it may seem attractive to self isolate at the coast, maybe it is a bit unfair to local residents.

I know the Prime Minister has asked people to limit domestic travel and only travel for essential reasons.

This would seem to be a good idea to slow the spread of the virus.

Andrew Bain, Broulee

Old-fashioned remedies

Twisted sense of humour strikes again! Sung to the tune of the old Sorbent jingle:

What's the gentlest tissue in the bathroom you can issue?

New, new, new, new newspaper!

Might be irritatin' but you can read it while you're waitin'

New, new, new, new newspaper!

Royalties can be deposited in the usual fashion!

Jeff de Jager, Coila Creek

Bushfire Commission doing half the job

The Bushfire Royal Commission is an opportunity to look at everything that happened and why the bushfires were so extreme. Did they have to be so bad?

350 Eurobodalla attended a community forum last week and we are disappointed that we have been told by the Commission that they will not examine mitigation of climate change.

The terms of reference of the Commission include "the changing global climate carries risks for the Australian environment and Australia's ability to prevent, mitigate and respond to bushfires and other natural disasters."

Everything should be on the table; hazard reduction, preparation of the fire services, fire fighting experiences, the evacuations of people in danger, the recovery of affected communities, the role of climate change and the need to reduce emissions.

2019 was Australia's hottest and driest year on record. The bushfires burnt more of our East Coast forests than ever before.

It's like we have cancer and an infection and the government only wants to treat the infection and is ignoring the cancer.

The commission should ask why didn't the Morrison government listen to the retired emergency leaders who asked for more big water-bombing aircraft?

In 2009 the Garnaut Report warned that rising emissions would lead to extreme bushfires and this would be apparent by 2020. This warning has also been ignored by the government. Unless we act to reduce emissions, the bushfires will continue to get worse.

We need to return to a safe climate.

Allan Rees

350 Eurobodalla