Tasmania closes borders

Tasmanian Mercury Newspaper 20th March 2020

This happened a few days ago but I would like to save this photo here so that a visual record will remain of this time. When I first saw this it actually shocked me, I think because it was a blatant "in-your-face" message which of course was what the public needed to hear. As I mentioned in my facebook post on this it jolted me to think "no room at the inn". Sad, needed and real.

To be honest I am sick and tired of all the fun jokes and memes about the virus. I am normally not a doom and gloom person rather quite the opposite. And, I'd be one of the first people to raise the spirits of someone in trouble. I am bitterly annoyed though, at the the number of people particularly the young in Britain & Australia flouting the regulations to stay away and self-isolate. These are the very people who will either get sick or worst still carry the virus to their families and the elderly. Selfish selfish selfish individuals. I have always had faith in humankind, always, through one disaster or another. I feel that faith slipping but ...

... I have one daughter who works in the National Incident Room in Canberra and she has worked long hours sixteen days straight this past fortnight. My heart goes out to her. I have another daughter who works in foetal medicine and as women will continue to give birth regardless of pandemics she is also essential hospital staff. Both of my girls have compromised immune systems and yet there they are on the frontline. I think of these two remarkable women daily and they buoy my spirits.

My heart goes out to those who are not in a position to help themselves around the world. The poor communities, the homeless, the sick. After my recent trip to South Africa and my first hand experience of "informal settlements" I can't help but imagine the wretched devastation that would occur if these homes got even a whiff of the virus.

I am on overload and need to start occupying myself in a more proactive and creative manner.


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