Snowball effect of transmission


If you decide against having the Covid vaccination, could you live with yourself if you contracted the disease and passed it along to others? That’s something which has been bugging attorney and Big Tree Copper executive Rupert Smith, pictured.

Just before he was scheduled to be vaccinated, he contracted the virus.
“It’s quite ironic that the week before I was scheduled to be vaccinated, I tested positive for the virus,” said Smith.

“And while I didn’t get as ill as some people have, luckily, I felt sick for several days and was continuously concerned about the wellbeing of my family.”
Thankfully, swift isolation and prevention measures at home saved his next of kin from contracting Covid, but Smith’s colleagues were not that lucky.

Prior to testing positive, he’d had a meeting with five other people in a boardroom, passing on Covid without knowing.

“We were careful, we didn’t shake hands, we never took off our masks, yet three out of the five people in the meeting ended up positive,” says Smith. “The downstream impact was that their families also became ill.”

From a single meeting, he estimates he directly and indirectly passed on Covid to about eight people.

“We were careful, we didn’t shake hands, we never took off our masks, yet three out of the five people in the meeting ended up positive.”

Rupert Smith attorney and Big Tree Copper executive

“A colleague and a close friend gave it to his wife and daughter, another to his wife. Fortunately, they all survived, but I felt absolutely terrible and kept worrying about their wellness.”

Smith said it was stressful.
“Had I been vaccinated at the time, I may have never contracted the disease, or, I may have not passed it on.”

Had everyone in the meeting be vaccinated already, the infection outcome may have been very different, too.

“Getting vaccinated will help us stop this disease in its tracks,” says Smith. “It is essential to do so, not only for your own wellbeing but also that of everyone else around you.”

His experience is testament to the highly infectious nature of Covid and that despite best efforts, it can still be passed around.

Smith says vaccination is a policy at Big Tree Copper and employees are fully in support of it.
“This is for the greater good, it will prevent people from getting the disease or if they get sick, to endure a milder incarnation.”

He says most importantly, it will put a doorstop to people dying, to losing ones we love and care about.