"The pandemic is still happening, but it is no longer front-page news. It has
been pushed off by devastating floods, the war in Ukraine, increasingly dire
warnings about a global climate breakdown, one celebrity hitting another
celebrity, and the pending federal election.
And yet, all around us, people are testing positive to Covid-19. The graph of
Australia’s case numbers shows a sharp spike over early January, when the first
Omicron wave saw more than 100,000 new cases reported each day, and it is
starting to rise again.
In the past week alone, 185 people with Covid died in Australia. More than
80,000 people returned or registered a positive test, but the real number of
positive cases is much higher. Rapid antigen tests miss at least 30% of cases,
and PCR tests can also return a false negative for a person with a low viral
Health and aged care workers, who have been in crisis mode since the pandemic
was declared 759 days ago, are exhausted. Teachers are exhausted. Even those
who have been sheltered from the worst effects of the pandemic are exhausted,
or are loudly arguing that there is nothing to complain about. That is a
different source of exhaustion – the fear that acknowledging the pandemic is
not yet over could trigger the return of restrictions."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics