- Apr 30, 2009
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Worked here in Western Australia. We locked down early and hard when there was community spread, and once we got on top of it we continued to have a hard border with other states that still had community spread. That policy continues to this day. We've had multiple outbreaks/community spread, multiple short/hard lockdowns, and we've come out COVID free on the other side. We even squashed the spread of Delta here when someone returned from Sydney and was in the community for a few days. To date our state of roughly 2.7 million inhabitants has had 9 deaths attributed to COVID since the pandemic began.If everybody stayed home and received free money from the government, would that make the prospects any brighter for defeating the spread of the virus?
Now right about now I think you're probably thinking "how much did that cost your local economy" or "what's your current budget deficit" or "what's the mental health situation with the kids"? Much better than you'd expect on all accounts. Come to find out 1-2 week lockdowns when a small amount of community spread is occurring doesn't provide long term pain to most businesses*. Our iron ore mines are largely what drive the state economy and due to the combination of Vale having to stop mining in Brazil and China still needing ore we've had a bumper fiscal year for royalities. Our FY 2020-2021 state budget surplus was $5 billion AUD. And because we don't have community spread we are able to do everything in state we want without requiring masks, social distancing, etc. Every weekend we have tens of thousands of people in our local stadium watching football and our pubs and clubs are able to fill to capacity. Our schools are all open and there are no requirements for ppe or social distancing.
Would it work over there? I doubt it. Too many people wouldn't be able to wrap their head around or accept that sacrifice for the greater good. And before anyone attempts to light me up for being uninformed, please understand I'm a born and raised Southerner and have spent just under half my life living in the United States. The focus on individual liberties in the US has in some ways made it uniquely unsuitable to handle this situation for the betterment of the community.
* I understand that this is a generalization and some businesses (eg hospitality and tourism) haven't fared so well but we had federal government programs to help these business sectors.