I really don’t know how this is going to play out.
It seems that the Australian government just doesn’t want to shut schools because they know when they do shut them, they won’t be re-opening them for many months. What they’d prefer to do is hold that off as long as possible, at the cost of people’s lives.
Currently, in Australia, the number of cases of COVID-19 appears to be growing at a rate exceeding 23% per day.
At that rate, we’ll have over 1000 cases by the weekend, and 10k within a fortnight or so. Within three weeks, there will no longer be any where near enough intensive care beds or ventilators to support the number of critically ill patients, and we’ll start to see Italy-like levels of mortality.
How will schools stay open when teachers are dying.
Our parents don’t seem to realise how dangerous this is.
My parents are apparently still planning on travelling from a rural town of 6000 people (they actually live on a farm, so that’s even better), where they are relatively safe, to Adelaide to attend a funeral. I understand that it’s one of their friends that died, but to be honest, there will be a lot more of those in the not too distant future.
And my partner’s mother was planning on going to the hairdresser tomorrow.
Personally, we have savings, and I have a stable job (for now). But considering the number of our customers who are service industry, quite a number of which I have little doubt will be out of business in short order.
There will be a new normal, we just don’t know what that is going to look like.