It’s a warm Sunday morning in Australia. People are enjoying leisurely brunches in cafes, gathering in parks, worshiping in Church. Some are wearing face masks, most are not. Hand sanitizer has become a fixture in most shops and cafes, as has the QR code displayed in the foyer of pubs and restaurants.
We are all good with hand hygiene and contact tracing. After all it’s given us our life back. Not that we lost it for long, with the exception of Victorians, who were unfortunate enough to suffer a second wave due to a mandatory hotel quarantine breach, we have been living pretty much normally since June.
Trump’s latest Twitter-rant.
This morning #NotInAustralia is trending Down Under. Having slept in I was a little slow to catch on. Didn’t take long though.
No Mr Trump, Covid is not running rampant all over the world. Here are today’s stats from the official Australian Government’s Covid-19 app:
Granted, life is not ‘normal’. Australians are staying put in our own country, but we are also staying safe. Most businesses are recovering, people are getting back to work and our Aussie spirit is as alive as ever. We are exploring our own backyard and reinvigorating our economy.
Our borders are practically closed. You can’t visit unless you want to go directly from the airport to two weeks of mandatory hotel quarantine, that you will pay for. That applies to returning citizens as well.
Our Government is not perfect, but its management of this pandemic has been exemplary.
If Trump had followed our example.
Let’s look at the stats:
As at today .11% of the Australian population have contracted the coronavirus. That’s one person for every 900 people.
By contrast 3.7% of the American population have contracted the virus. Nearly 4 out of 100 people.
The death rate is even more disturbing.
In Australia, 907 people have died from Covid19, one out of every 30 people who were unfortunate enough to get it. In the US, it’s almost 256,000 deaths. For every 47 people who catch it, one will die.
Before you read anything into that, understand this. Almost every Australian Covid death has been a person with a serious pre-existing medical condition, or a very elderly person. You can’t say the same for the American cases.
If those percentages were applied in the US, there would be about 281,600 cases and less than 10,000 deaths.
Mr Trump, how do you sleep?
You have let your country down, badly.
My American friends, take a long deep breath, and keep that mask on, only 59 days to go.
This post was previously published on Equality Includes You.
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