I think we’ve been trained now to have absolutely zero tolerance around the idea of covid in the community because of how fast it will spread and the number of deaths. I remember early on it was flattening the curve was the main priority, so as to not overwhelm the hospitals, but because we managed to get to zero, which has been amazing, we’ve began to feel like that is the only outcome that we will tolerate.
Lockdowns have worked really well at slowing and stopping covid but this have been able to work mostly through things like job keeper and this is finite money that will eventually run out. Closing the borders has definitely worked however zero tourism has killed an industry that has no idea how it will come back. No overseas workers means hospitality not having enough people to work in restaurants so they can’t open, there’s not enough people to pick fruit so there’s money lost there. People hadn’t been able to see families who live overseas for over a year now, that’s time they’ll never get back. Schools closed affects children’s education and if it continues may effect their opportunities for the future.
The thing is though, even though it’s fantastic to have no covid at all, there’s no real way to maintain that unless we completely withdraw from the rest of the world and shut down a lot of the things that make life worth living. There are vaccines, which are amazing, but they don’t actually work 100% so even if we were all vaccinated there will still unfortunately be loss of life.
I’m still hopeful with vaccinations it will limit covid to being something that’s around but not completely overwhelming but it’s going to be a tough call to try and change our mindsets from having zero risk to what we will be able to accept as a tolerable risk.