I had a few days off (not corona related). Last week the place was the way Logan sounds like it is now. The response and preparation has filled me with a lot of confidence.Logan so not to big , there's things being put in place but I feel like alot more could be done.
I get people are worried we could be like Italy, but let's not forget we have 2 massive advantages to them and one not talked about, as well as a few demographic advantages. Our advantages are time and weather. It's no coincidence this pandemic has over ran health systems in the midst of flu season, hospitals are ran at or close to capacity in flu season as it is. Plus warmer weather seems to decrease the infection rate. Time as well, we get to see what works and citizens get to see how serious it is.
Another thing I have FULL confidence in saying is that our health system is the best, or among the best, in the world. Strong in research and excellent culture of following evidence-based practice. Italy isnt bad, but i have heard and seen some things that tell me it isnt at australias level. And this was prior to this pandemic. Not a knock on their system, more a praise to ours.
Also, older demographic (I believe it's got more over 60s then anywhere in the world?), the weather, and the density of the population (65 million in a country half the size of nsw alone-no coincidence this virus has hit new York and higher population dense areas harder).
We should be cautious, work together, have good hygiene and abide by social distancing but we shouldnt panic. And if we actually listen and do the things we should be doing then it will stay this way.
I feel sorry for Italy, but they ha
The big thing will be the 15 minute test kits. Australia should be fpcusing on MASS production these, and I mean mass producing to an insane amount. Every day or maybe evry 2nd day test for essential workers then once a week for non-essential. It's be an insane task to do this but a lot cheaper then icu beds , a lot less lives lost, and lot less demand on the health care systemIt will start with 4, and finish with 12 weeks, minimum. Hubei province, the entire province, was locked down for 2 straight months, and that's a Chinese lock-down, meaning no one was allowed outside full-stop.
No supermarket trips, nothing. The only people that were allowed to leave, were critical infrastructure personal ie power/water/utilities, the military and emergency personnel.
Food was delivered by the army to all residents, and if you were caught outside, you were arrested and taken to an isolation camp under military guard.
This is what it takes to stop this thing, and even then, there is every chance it will pop back up once restrictions are eased due to asymptomatic cases.
I foresee mandatory temperature checks and health codes for all Australians before this is done.
Life might start to get back to some semblance of normalcy around Christmas.
I hope to god i am wrong, already getting cabin fever and not even a week into lock-downs.