Peter Collignon – one of Australia’s most trusted voices through the Covid crisis – has said restrictions on outdoor activities during the Covid-lockdown was ‘absolutely atrocious’ and a major mistake.
The infectious diseases doctor tweeted on Monday that ‘restrictions on outdoor activities (during Covid lockdowns) was a major mistake’.
He said his warnings from the start of the pandemic that preventing people from going out to exercise had been proven right – ‘We should never in the future stop people from being outdoors.’
Professor Collignon told Daily Mail Australia that ‘No matter how hard you look, you can not find (much Covid) transmission outdoors.
‘There was some – there was a report in the US of someone talking to somebody for 15 minutes outside and getting Covid, and there were some building workers in Singapore who probably got it outdoors.
‘But basically, outdoors, there’s very little transmission of Covid. The effective R (the rate of passing Covid on to another person) was much less than one.
‘In other words, you didn’t transmit it much,’ he said.
The doctor, who lectures at the Australian National University’s medical school in Canberra, said restrictions on outdoor exercise ‘was a real mistake’.