Obviously I will post about our Tasmanian holiday soon but I will just write this one post about COVID-19, that is unless anyone I know is infected, especially me.
We were idiots. We didn't hoard before we left. There wasn't a shortage of anything in Tasmanian supermarkets. Why didn't we load up the car? Port Melbourne, South Melbourne and Prahran supermarkets have very empty shelves. We have enough fresh food, but we do need toilet paper and rice. However we won't die from the lack of either.
Herd mentality really kicked in and shame on those who kicked it off.
I've seen/read/heard about child torture in Africa, the brutal rape of women in war situations around the world and men having to mutually castrate each other in the Balkans. I can distance myself. I keep reading of such horrors, keep listening to such horrors, keep seeing such horrors.
But this virus, well the world wide effect, has me spooked and for the first time in my life I tuned out today. R at times insists the radio is turned off, but I don't. Today I didn't listen to radio news. I didn't read the electric newspaper. I only watched the 6pm commercial television news.
What I need to do is focus on logic. In a country of 25 million people, 300 people have contracted the virus, mostly from overseas. It may become worse but our medical system seems quite well prepared.
What is shocking is how governments around the world, including our own, have been so slow to react. Yes, looking at you Italy. As in all areas, Trumpet in the US has been a disaster and over the next few weeks people of the US will pay the price of having such an incompetent leader. A hoax Trumpet?
I am not so concerned for myself but R has reached his three score and ten and Mother is about to turn 86. Should either of them contract the virus, it could be serious.
Outside one of our major hospitals, The Alfred, there was a long queue of people waiting to be tested. I assume they are at risk people who have returned from overseas and have a sniffle or worse. Or are some the worried well? I don't think so as the queue was mainly younger people. A little common sense in this photo.