It hit Australia in March, not long before the Easter holidays when many people have their yearly holiday. All holidays must be cancelled. Caravan parks closed, flights cancelled, campgrounds closed, hotels closed, restaurants closed. Petrol prices at a record low around $1 per litre but of course we cannot go anywhere. Self-distancing measures in place. Tape on the floors at supermarkets, chemists and other shops to help distance shoppers 1.5m from each other. Only limited number of people are allowed inside the shops at one time so therefore we have to now line up outside. Non-essential stores and businesses mandated closed. Parks, trails, tourist hot spots and entire cities locked up. Some schools closed and all will be closed before school holidays even start. Children may not get to go back to school in the new term, only time will tell. Shortage of masks, gowns, and gloves for our frontline workers. Shortage of respirators for the critically Ill. Panic buying sets in and we have no toilet paper, no disinfecting supplies, no paper towels, no laundry soap, no hand sanitizer – shelves are bare. Essential businesses switch their lines to help make visors, masks, hand sanitizer and PPE. Government closed the state boarders all over the country and anyone entering from overseas must isolate for 14 days. Fines are established for breaking the rules. All beaches, playgrounds and places of gathering are closed and, in some cases, fenced off. Stadiums and recreation facilities on standby to provide overflow hospitals and mortuaries. Press conferences are held daily from both Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Premier Mark McGowan. Government offering financial support to individuals and businesses to help cope with job losses, save the economy and avoid recession. Thousands losing their jobs from organizations such as Virgin Airways and Qantas. More and more businesses and shops are closing daily due to this and more and more people are losing their jobs. Massive queues outside Centrelink to access unemployment benefits. Barely anyone in the streets or on the roads. Cities and towns now look like ghost towns. People wearing masks and gloves outside. We are to distance from each other. Thousands are infected, with some critically ill, many have recovered. This is the Novel Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic. Declared March 11, 2020.
Western Australia is now going to be an island inside an island as of 11.59pm on Sunday night (5th April) due to Mark McGowan calling for a hard border closure.
It will be the first time WA has ever closed its borders to the east.
“It won’t be forever,” Premier Mark McGowan assured.
“It’s a temporary closure to make sure we limit the spread of the virus in WA.”
Living life in isolation is not what we wanted but if it is the only way to stop this Covid-19 pandemic then I am all for it. I do not want to see any of my family or friends to get this and I especially do not want to lose anyone to it. Life is precious and we can not take it for granted. We need to help each other get through this time.
Those that are forced into self-isolation need to stop whinging, you may be stuck in a room/house by yourself but at least you are alive and will get to see you family and friends again if you do as you are asked for 14 days.
There are health professionals that are camping in their garages in tents or in caravans to protect their own families so they are not bringing the germs into their homes and possibly affecting them.
The Government is doing their best to help everyone who has been affected by this, please be patient and you will all get the help you need eventually. I have never in my life seen a Government step up to the plate as this one has. Be happy that they are there for us all in one way or another.
We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We’ll share a dream and sing with one voice
“I am, you are, we are Australian”
We are constantly reminded to protect ourselves and by doing this we can also protect our nation from this spreading anymore.
So please remember to:
Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell
Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell
Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Premier Mark McGowan has given a special travel egg-emption to some special.
Be kind to each other, love one another, support everyone. We are all in this together! ❤️
#covid19 #pandemic #inthistogether #egg-emption
Disclaimer: The first paragraph is one I seen on Facebook but have modified it.