Well, what a few months it has been in New South Wales. From the complete easing of restrictions to new waves of lockdown, this is an immensely challenging period. Here are some uncategorised, unorganised thoughts I’ve had over the past couple of months:
When I wrote my first article on COVID-19 in January 2020, it was interesting because it was new. We were learning new things about the virus every day, and although it was clear that there was a human cost, it was still intriguing to research and understand. Now, we know everything about this virus. We know the symptoms, the personal consequences and the societal consequences. Nothing is new, and that is what makes this pandemic harder as time passes. For myself in Australia, as we endure another period of lockdown, that is my current feeling and why I’ve barely written about the pandemic since 2020.
The Australian Federal Government. Similarly, I’m sick and tired of Scott Morrison. His chilled, laid-back approach to national emergencies is incredibly irritating. It happened when Australia endured the bushfire crisis of 2019, and it’s happening again. He pops up every now and then to provide a press conference that lacks any substance or inspiration. It is the State Government Premiers who are currently running this country.
The State Governments -particularly NSW. I firstly want to acknowledge the work of NSW Health. I couldn’t imagine being in their shoes, especially Kerry Chant. I admire and thank them for their continued effort in attempting to control the virus. For Gladys, my opinions remain mixed. Unfortunately, the longer that this lockdown extends, the worse it gets for the Premier. Other States have demonstrated the effectiveness of snap lockdowns, and you can’t expect complete compliance when people have been stuck at home for almost 2 months. Her recent speeches have already hinted at her giving up on eliminating the virus and focusing solely on vaccination. At this stage, it’s probably the right approach, yet, how this current outbreak keeps getting worse will require an extensive investigation.
Protests. It’s almost comedic how counter-productive protesting a lockdown is. You are trying to complain about being stuck at home by leaving your home, spreading the virus, and forcing us all to remain at home for longer. I’m not surprised that people are upset, and if you are reading this and feel a desire to protest, your emotions are understandable. However, the action of protesting during a lockdown is unjustifiable. Channel that emotion into a project, task or activity.
Social Media. Right now, it’s unsurprisingly providing the best and worst material during a lockdown. The importance of connecting with others is vital and social media is providing a valuable platform for people to remain in touch. However, the spread of blatant misinformation to further skewed and twisted conspiracies remain present and must be called out. I’m not talking about conservative ideology supported by evidence; I’m talking about random videos and stories lacking any context. There’s a clear and intentional difference.
So, that leaves us with our current situation. Over 600 cases per day in NSW, a lockdown extended for another month at least and the most restrictive lockdown measures yet. It’s hard. As mentioned, this is a challenging period, but we CAN all push through this. My three recommendations would be:
- Make sure you spend some time outside each day
- Make sure you talk to someone online who doesn’t live at your house each day
- Find a project – find something to work towards, to give you a goal to push towards
I am wishing everyone well during this time, and please reach out to me if you need anything.
Well, there are some scattered thoughts! Please let me know yours in the comments below or on social media!
Stay safe and stay home – we’re almost on the other side 🙂