And a response from my school buddy ( Jeff T ) who lives in Australia

Very good insight Russ in your last blog…I think your bang on about NZ and Australia…I was in NZ when they announced the restrictions, no messing around…within a week they had gone from no restrictions to Level 3 and Level 4…luckily I was out of NZ the Friday before the Level 4 restrictions came into play…I think that the decision by the NZ PM Jacinta Ardern was correct…go quick, go early…12 months later the proof of the pudding is in the eating and NZ lead a more or less back to normal pre pandemic lives…yes there have been short circuit breaker lockdowns there mainly in Auckland but nothing that really has disrupted the’s stance on closed borders is also testament to their success against the virus. In Oz we sat back for a short while, but as the number of cases grew, the decision to close international borders and also have the state governments implement state level restrictions was correct. A task force of the various states leading experts was established and the nation fought the virus head on with a collective goal. In QLD went into a 6 week Level 3 restrictions last year and then have had only circuit breaker 3 day lockdown since. Some state border restrictions are still in place..WA for example has its borders closed to people from QLD and there are still border pass requirements when entering SA. Victoria suffered the worst, but their lockdown prevented the second wave of the virus really jumping state containment lines. Contact tracing has certainly improved significantly over the last 12months as has the knowledge the virus and it’s mutations. At the moment life in Brisbane/QLD is in essence back to normal..everything is open, pubs, sports venues etc etc with contact tracing and social distancing. When I talk to my parents? you do realise that the UK didn’t take that hard line option when it should and now the community is paying for that poor governmental decision. It will take decades for the UK nation to recover, longer to pay the debt of the pandemic than the debt of the Second World War. There have been and will continue to be many learnings from this pandemic..the main learning for me is as you’ve outlined the virus needs a host with the main objective of the virus is to survive and spread as quickly as possible. Break that chain and you break the ability of the virus to has to die then right?… Bill Gates was once asked in an interview what he thought would be the downfall of the human race to which he answered a virus..saying that we’ve just been put into a three day Circuit Breaker lockdown..due to a few new cases..anyhow a few thoughts mate 👍👍

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