The current predicament in Victoria should remind us all why social distance measures and regulations are important.
The "inconvenience" of not being able to live a "normal" life or the injustice of having to wear a mask are just selfish, individualistic responses from those not able to see the forest for the trees.
These measures are not there simply for the benefit of the average person. They are here to protect the most vulnerable in our society, the aged, the weak the vulnerable.
Next time you go to complain about not being able to get your coffee without standing in a distanced line, maybe use that time to stop and ponder this while you wait for your Piccolo Latte.
On Wednesday Victoria recorded nine deaths, all within aged care.
"The situation that we have been facing, particularly in recent days and weeks in Victoria for aged, care has been very distressing," Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday.
"The challenges of dealing with aged care are not unique to Australia ... it is inevitable that this (virus) will find its way into aged care facilities. When it rains, everyone gets wet. And that is what we're seeing with broad- based community transmission in Victoria."
Essentially with the numbers as they are in Victoria it's impossible to keep COVID-19 out of aged care homes and the sad thing is that is where this dreaded virus will do its greatest damage. Is that the price you are prepared to accept for not wearing a mask or for not social distancing. Can you "live" with that?
IRT Group CEO Patrick Reid wrote a very good and very enlightening column for the Illawarra Mercury at the weekend. The fear and understanding for the threat posed by this virus was tangible in his words.
"While we've worked hard to keep COVID-19 out of our aged care centres there is a nagging anxiety that it could still get in," he wrote. "It's this nagging anxiety that drives us all to do everything we can to prevent this."
Everyone has a responsibility to protect those in our community who need it most.
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