This weekend we can’t go the pub, the beach, the movies, or out for dinner.
We can’t catch up with our friends, or see our grandparents, or even lay in the park and read a book.
This week thousands more Australians lost their jobs, with an estimated one million people out of work.
Anxiety, fear, depression, stress and loneliness are reaching levels many of us have never experienced in our lifetimes. It’s made even more painful by the knowledge that those we love are struggling, too.
And yet this week, I truly feel like I am living in the “lucky country.” The country that has so far managed to evade the extreme impact COVID-19 has had on places like the UK and the US. The country that looks after its people. The country that has – to some extent – slowed the growth of a virus that has skyrocketed elsewhere.
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The statistics coming out of our hospitals are scary.
26 Australians have died as a result of COVID-19, and more than 5000 people have contracted the virus.
But the statistics coming out of Europe, America and the UK are scarier.
2,900 deaths in the UK, 6,000 deaths in the USA, 10,000 deaths in Spain, 13,900 deaths in Italy.
The current COVID-19 figures.
Our doctors and nurses aren’t making heartbreaking decisions like their Italian counterparts about who gets a ventilator and who doesn’t.
That’s not to say we won’t get there – we might. But this week has shown us what we can do as a nation when we work together to flatten the coronavirus curve to ensure we don’t get there.