Now that a disaster has occurred, you can start analyzing how it happened.
I’m a front-line healthcare professional, lying in bed fighting an infection with the Omicron mutant. My illness has given me the opportunity to think about our current plight and what we can learn from it.
However, it needs to be clarified. This is a real disaster. An unprecedented number of people have been admitted to our hospital and are now full. The death toll is increasing rapidly. Ambulances are lined up for hours waiting for sick patients to be discharged to overtake the emergency department. Patients with serious non-COVID diseases such as heart attack and cancer have a hard time finding a doctor to treat them.
In medical services, up to 10% of workers became ill and many who could not cope with stress gave up and resigned. Food and other important services are failing. The desperate determination to avoid the blockade has created a more severe de facto blockade than the official one due to its unplanned chaotic nature and lack of a safety net.
Sure, not all news is bad. Even if the vaccines are incomplete in preventing infections and hospitalizations, they significantly reduce the risk of death – and they may have saved my life. Medical staff (doctors and nurses), young and old, are often exhausted and tireless with heroic efforts to keep the system going.
But it’s still a disaster. How did we get here? For almost two years we had a hard time working together to protect each other. In Victoria, respected political and public health leadership provided credible information and a definitive and clearly discussed plan. There were revocations that were subject to ruthless public surveillance, such as hotel quarantine, but overcoming challenges and setbacks increased a sense of solidarity and mutual compassion.
But then it was all unleashed. It looked fast, but in reality the army was always active. A relentless campaign to undermine collective purpose and oppose all restrictions has lost confidence in public health measures. Disinformation and conspiracy theoretic campaigns have stimulated the rise of groups like Fringe Trump. The constant story of how the injunction to help the vulnerable was actually a device to undermine the “freedom” of a valuable individual went home.
A collaborative effort by the federal government with the support of the New South Wales state government has attacked several strategies that have been shown to work. The surge in New South Wales quickly led to the spread of the infection nationwide.
Then, just as Omicron emerged, medical professionals stared in incredible horror, and even the remaining minimal restrictions were lifted.
The crisis makes us think about what kind of society we want
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