Madonna King: Rice in a public bathroom? We’ve forgotten the teachings discovered within the pandemic

It appears the anguish delivered by COVID-19 – within the type of deaths and social isolation, borders slammed closed and damaged companies – has already been forgotten.

No different clarification can exist for the substandard hygiene that has now crept again onto our public transport providers, into our procuring queues and even public restrooms.

This week, 3 times, I witnessed younger girls go away bathroom cubicles, and the restrooms, with out washing their arms; straight out the door and on with their lives.

Then, a fourth lady, walked out of a cubicle carrying her personal container of lunch. It seemed like fried rice, however she was tucking into it so quick, its elements have been unclear.

Moreover, it in all probability doesn’t actually matter what it was; it was the place she was devouring it. In a public bathroom!

Hand hygiene was one of many easy and costless messages out of two years of lockdowns.

It’s hardly rocket science – a bit cleaning soap, a little bit of water, and a dedication to not move on germs to somebody, who would possibly find yourself in a hospital mattress or a funeral parlour.

The Australian Fee on Security and High quality in Well being Care says good hand hygiene is as vital as ever, and was the only best option to cease the unfold of the flu, gastroenteritis and COVID-19.

“The vigilance of some Australians round hand hygiene might have waned for the reason that peak of the pandemic,’’ a spokesman informed The New Each day.

It’s the identical with coughing. On public transport and in grocery store queues, it appears masks or perhaps a hand over the mouth is now not a vital accent.

Classes simply forgotten

Why are we ignoring the truth that nearly 200 Australians died final week from COVID-19?

And why do we predict we will dispense with these hard-learnt classes, delivered solely a few years in the past?

In New South Wales final week, 81 COVID deaths have been recorded. One other 48 sufferers have been in intensive care and 1516 COVID-19 sufferers in hospital. All up, that state recorded nearly 12,000 new instances.

And if you would like a secure wager, put a wager on the actual quantity being far, far greater – given few folks are actually reporting their constructive instances to authorities.

The identical goes for different states. In Victoria, a few weeks in the past, there have been 8669 new instances. Final week, 429 folks have been in hospital, 13 in intensive care, and 64 new deaths have been recorded.

And but we don’t cease to blink. Overlook the cleaning soap. Abandon the handkerchief.

The place have all of the masks on public transport gone? Picture: Getty

Let’s now add 17,277 instances of flu, recorded nationally throughout one latest fortnight.

Our immunity to the flu has decreased, after most of us averted an infection over the previous few years.

And but greater than 70 per cent of Australians, as of right this moment, haven’t rolled up their sleeve to be vaccinated.

The COVID vaccine story is comparable. Greater than 16.5 million Australians haven’t obtained a booster prior to now six months.

Maybe this reveals how effectively we’ve transitioned into residing alongside COVID. We consider we’ll be in mattress for a few days, earlier than bouncing again, combating match.

However what about if we have been to move it on to somebody, who didn’t bounce again?

COVID is now not the scary monster that closed college fetes and cancelled vacation plans.

And even when we do really feel a bit sick, most of us can work at home. We’ve had the flu earlier than too, and that wasn’t too debilitating. Proper? Life’s again to regular.

And that’s the view medicos worry.

How simply we’ve blotted out these harsh, harsh classes delivered by COVID-19.

Sure, it gifted us time. Time with our households. Time, and a possibility, to get off the mouse wheel that had many staff spending too many hours away from residence. Time, and a spot, to do college in our pyjamas. Extra time on our social media. Time, and even an excuse, to not attend that work get together we actually wished to overlook.

However what in regards to the flip facet of that; the teachings that introduced many households and companies to their knees?

Have we forgotten the worry in our kids’s eyes? The tallies that dominated each information broadcast, on ever hour or day-after-day? The tales of households who have been unable to attend the funeral of these they liked most? The borders that slammed shut on their very own residents, and the way that modified lives and households and friendships endlessly?

COVID continues to steal greater than 200 Australian lives every week. It may be much less scary than it was, but it surely’s definitely not scarce.