Influenza peak season in Australia is August and September, our late winter. Flu cases for Australia in January and February 2020 were 200 to 300 hundred thousand cases. Flu cases in Australia for the last two weeks of March 2020 to the first two weeks of April, 7,000, a more than dramatic decline.
Truly amazing figures and because of ISO.
Speaking of figures, some stats from larger western counties made simple for you.
US Pop 330 million. Covid infected 1.3 million. Deaths 80 thousand.
UK Pop 70 million. Covid infected 212 thousand. Deaths 32 thousand.
Canada Pop 38 million. Covid infected 68 thousand. Deaths 5 thousand.
Australia Pop 25 million. Covid infected 7 thousand. Deaths 100.
While New Zealand figures might be better, what did we do that worked to keep our infection rate and deaths relatively low?
I am surprised by the Canadian infection rate. PM Trudeau should have closed the US border earlier (was it or is it closed?) and stopped people returning if they don't go into 14 day hotel quarantine as people do who arrive into our country. Is is perhaps a bit easier to do when you are an island country. I was astonished to learn that people are still flying into and out of the UK unhindered. If you can find a flight to Australia, and good luck with that, you will go into ISO hotel quarantine for 14 days before being set free.
Our own Prime Minister cannot take much credit as our State Premiers forced the Australian lockdown. However, our PM did close the borders to China quite early and to the world not too long after after pressure from the Federal Chief Health bureaucrat.
We quickly built emergency hospitals that have not seen a patient as we prepared for the worst. Sir Humphrey Appleby would be very pleased. We have a huge stockpile of unused respirators. While I am not entirely sure, our health care workers seem to have all the protection they need.
Most people here are not masked. Generally it is only older people who keep the 1.5 metre distance with much politeness if you are going to cross paths with a fellow older person. As you freeze on the spot, the person passing smiles and says thanks, and vice a versa. Younger people here seem very careless about distancing but queue distancing in shops is respected by all.
I've not read it but I believe the book about Australia called The Lucky Country is satirical. Many people take it as a statement of fact. Australia is not the lucky country for so many, nevertheless with Covid, perhaps we have just been lucky.
What is it like to be on a ventilator when suffering severe Covid symptoms? This person who has recovered tells us. It sound horrendous.