- Mar 31, 2007
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Our response was no more draconian than most other countries we just did it earlier. I am no fan of the government but I look upon where we are now with some level of pride. We could have handled it like Spain or the US or Brazil or Sweden and been in a similar situation to these countries. No matter what course of action we took the economy was always going to suffer to some degree. Airlines wont get back to normal simply by lifting restrictions. Many people will not book a ticket until they feel relatively safe. I am self employed luckily I am smart and resilient enough to have shifted a reasonable amount of my business online, In order to go back to normal people will need to feel safe. A second wave will deter potential customers and delay a return to normal. I think that people are erroneously comparing the pre covid economy with the lockdown economy without considering what the effect of a higher infection and death rate. I cant think of country I would rather be in at this point other than perhaps NZ.Again well said! Our corrupt Govt carpet bombed the whole country in order to stop their stuff ups in the first place, now we are ALL paying for it
In terms of personal responsibility I would agree that we are all responsible for our own safety however sometimes the actions of others can make that more difficult. I am a private music teacher teaching wind instruments (now online) I also have a preexisting health condition which I guess in some people's eyes makes me one of the expendables, The last lesson I taught face to face was with a young guy who works for for a large bank as a trader. I had already decided that I would no longer teach face to face after this lesson until the infection rate was brought under control. At the end of the lesson whilst he was packing up I asked him how work was going. He informed me that his department had closed and they were all working from home due to an out break. I was not impressed. I did not discuss it with him but I assume his attitude may have been that covid represented a small risk to him. This of course was a much bigger risk to me. It becomes difficult for me to take responsibility for my health when I rely on others to do the right thing.
I accept that these are difficult times for some people. I have lost quite a large amount from my super although it is clawing its way back and the market has been quite strong recently. I have been able to adapt but I have sympathy for those who are struggling financially. I do not however have sympathy for those who are whinging because they temporarily can't go fishing or bent out of shape because they cant get a haircut.