A few personal thoughts on the Sydney coronavirus outbreak. I’m not an expert. I don’t debate facts or fiction. Best go elsewhere if debate is what you are after.
Sars-Cov-2 has made a break for it again in Sydney, Australia, and we’re all pretty nervous. I bet the 83 people infected over the last week aren’t happy either. This new community outbreak has left many people’s Christmas plans in disarray. On the one hand, I am impressed by the amazing job the New South Wales (NSW) contract tracers have done to identify the chain(s) of infection in Sydney. Thank you, contract tracers! On the other hand, I know further outbreaks are inevitable but I am deeply unimpressed by the circumstances that apparently led to the outbreak in the first place.
This pandemic management business is a huge and massively complex task. Most Aussies have been working cooperatively with governments to suppress the virus and care for one another. I wonder if the NSW Premier is disappointed with herself for putting this cooperation at risk? After all, how can she expect anyone to take infection control seriously if, as the leader of the pandemic response in her jurisdiction, she fails to quarantine until her own test results come back? It is an example of poor judgement at the very least. Here’s hoping the damage is small.
I have a tendency to have a bit of a rant about these things in the privacy of my own home, but really, are any of us confident that we could do any better? Sometimes I think I could but then reality intrudes, like today when I couldn’t find my cloth face masks. Given my propensity to forget where I’ve put things and my inclination to expect the worst, I should have known better than to pack them away. Knowing the problems to avoid, as well as the positive steps to take, is my own personal “gold standard” of infection control. To err is human, or so I’ve been told.
To all the Aussies out there that have had to change their travel plans at the last minute and or who have had to cancel their family reunions, I send you my greatest sympathies. We know that our own good behaviour can make a huge difference to the trajectory of this latest outbreak. Let’s do it, but I think we need a song first – a song of regret, a song of resignation, but with some hope too. Fortunately, it is “Making Gravy” Day in Australia in honour of Paul Kelly’s famous Aussie Christmas song, How To Make Gravy.
Be on your best behaviour, ladies and gentlemen, and stay safe.