Risky homecoming

For the first time since October, Victorian health authorities report a person with COVID-19 is being treated in the intensive care unit of a hospital.
— Read on www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-09/victoria-covid-numbers-after-hotel-quarantine-worker-cases/13133862

I very much understand Australian’s who are stuck overseas and want to come home. I don’t have a lot of sympathy for anyone who decided to hedge their bets and stay overseas when the lockdown first happened early in 2020, and now decide to come home to Australia.

If you chose to stay overseas, then you should accept the consequences of this choice. By returning your risk is much higher and you push hotel quarantine and health professionals to the limit.

As I said, I do understand that desire to come home. If I were in the same position, I’m positive I’d feel the same. But I don’t believe it’s get to that point as I would have tried to get home when everything started turning to crap in February/March last year.

There’s no doubt human arrogance stopped many coming home when it would have been easier to.

Simple facts point to the unlikely appearance of the more virulent UK incarnation of COVID-19 in Australia, had people stayed where they were until the vaccine rollout.

I know this is no doubt not a popular opinion, but facts are facts and not one person’s opinion.

Speaking of opinion, mine is that the Australian government has wasted a great deal of time in ensuring Australian’s get home.

I’m no expert, but I imagine there was a window to make getting Australian’s home, when there was just one variant of the coronavirus. With two variants including the UK strain, I suspect the return of Aussies has passed.

The risks of more contagious versions of COVID-19 getting into the community are too great. It’s possibly more a case of luck than science that has thus far prevented the general population being affected.

There’s been too much compromise from governments more concerned about their popularity and complacency from the public, egged on by a great section of the media playing down the pandemic.

Why in the 21st century was wearing a mask such a difficult thing to do? Of all things to do in combatting COVID-19, it was the very least we could do. Not only for ourselves, but our family, friends and those we don’t even know.

But on the point of people we don’t even know, society has become one big pool of “what about me’s” – 100% concern for themselves, 0% for anyone else.

Published by Cory O'Connor

Cory from Geelong, Australia. Blogger, podcaster and podcast listener. Digital media creator.

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