Corona Virus (Covid-19) worldwide pandemic.
It hit Australia in March 2020 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. Self-distancing measures in place. Tape on the floors at supermarkets, chemists and other shops to help distance shoppers 2m/6ft from each other; a limited number of people inside shops, therefore, lineups outside the shop. Non-essential stores and businesses mandated closed; parks, trails, entire cities locked up. Some schools closed.
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.
The 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 the gathering are closed and in some cases, fenced off. Stadiums and recreation facilities on standby to provide overflow hospitals and mortuaries.
Press conferences daily from both Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Premier Steven Marshall. Government offering financial support to individuals and businesses to help cope with job losses, save the economy and avoid recession. Thousands losing their jobs with organizations such as Virgin Airways and Qantas letting go thousands of workers. Massive queues outside Centrelink to access unemployment benefits.
Barely anyone in the streets or on the roads. People wearing masks and gloves outside. We are to distance from each other. Thousands affected, numbers critically ill, many recovered. This is the Novel Coronavirus Covid 19 Pandemic. Declared March 11, 2020.
I am writing this so that one day when I check my blog post or when someone found this post, it will be a reminder that life is so precious! Don’t take everything we dearly love for granted. We have so much! Be kind to each other, forgive & love one another, support everyone. We are all in this together!
I copy this from someone post on facebook because I want to remember this too one day when I look back to all of this.
March 16, 2020, Monday, I was made redundant from my full-time job. March 23, 2020, I queued in front of Centerlink for 5 hours to register myself.