Australia had their biggest rise in COVID-19 cases yesterday.
On March 12, we had zero new cases in Australia. Before that date we had small cases from travellers coming home.
And then it started.
Between March 13 and March 18, we started getting between 50-100 new cases. Then from March 19 to March 21, we started getting cases between 100-150 new cases. And then our big one yesterday, over 250 new cases.
This increase, was expected because on Friday, we had a hot day on the east coast of Australia and the “invincible” Aussies all congregated to the beaches with no social distancing in place.
And the pubs and nightclubs kept operating with no social distancing in place over the weekend.
And a cruise ship docked in Sydney, with people who tested positive for COVID-19 and everyone was allowed off, to catch trains, buses and interstate planes home.
As the cases kept increasing, the government constantly made announcements about stimulus packages and bailouts to corporations, like the airlines.
More like panic announcements.
And in the recent update from our government last night, the PM said the most important tool in our fight against the virus is social distancing. So pubs, clubs and casinos are all closed now.
But schools remain open however parents are allowed to keep their kids home. And State Premiers are saying to keep your kids at home.
Because no one knows what is happening.
We are in uncharted waters, without a compass, and people are making decisions based on what history has taught us.
And for some reason the lyrics to “Sailing Ships” from Whitesnake come to mind.
About how the wind was with us when we left on the morning tide and we set our sails for an island in the sun. But on the horizon, dark clouds are up ahead, for the storm has just begun.
And the storm has just begun.
As a parent, I go with what I read.
I will read the government circulars, I will read what academics say and scientists say and doctors on the front line say. And I will analyze all of the information and make decisions based on that.
Because we are all strangers right now living in a strange world.