Auntie, Sister. Grandmother, Great-Grandmother,
Mother and Wife of German Descent
I've lived in Australia since 1959 together with my husband Peter. We have four children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. I started blogging because I wanted to publish some of my childhood memories. I am blogging now also some of my other memories. I like to publish some photos too as well as a little bit of a diary from the present time. Occasionally I publish a story with a bit of fiction in it. Peter, my husband, is publishing some of his stories under berlioz1935.wordpress.com
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4 thoughts on “1 American Dies of COVID every 60 Seconds or Less”
And tragically, it didn’t have to be this way! This many months later I’m still shocked at how many people won’t acknowledge how deadly this disease is, and take necessary precautions. I feel fortunate to live in California where statistically we are doing reasonably well! It’s all very sad.
Here in Australia the government took a while before they changed things that definitely needed changing. They say now, we cannot aim anymore for zero infections. To trace all the infections in time to be able to isolate all infected people is just not possible any more. Without catching up now on vaccinations it would be even worth. They say we just have to learn to live with the virus, that means even with being fully vaccinated it is advisable to continue practicing social distancing, wearing of masks, stay outside in fresh air and avoid badly ventilated buildings as much as possible. 🙂
Debra, I think the coastal area of NSW, Australia, is probably similar to the coastal area of California. Overall Australia has so far done very well statistically. But since the highly infectious DELTA arrived in Australia some three months ago, the cases, especially in Sydney and Melbourne soon became unmanageable. The constant lockdowns do not seem to halt the spread of the virus in very populated areas and beyond. There are so many cases now, that the virus just keeps spreading more and more. Health care workers are overwhelmed.
More and more people get vaccinated now. But it is going to take a few more months before enough vaccine is available in Australia for everyone who wants to be vaccinated. More and more younger people are being vaccinated now too.
I feel fortunate, that I live in a detached building with plenty of outdoor space. My house is in a complex of ten three bedroom villas. All my neighbours are very friendly. I live by myself, so do most of my neighbours. I think there is no villa with more than two people living in it. Because of the lockdown. nobody is allowed to have visitors into their houses, not even close family members. Only family members that belong to your household are allowed to stay with you. Because of my advanced age I do need one or two carers. But the carers have to wear masks and observe social distancing.
I have now a huge beautiful deck at the back of my house. 🙂 I thought it would be alright, to have a little birthday party with three or four of my neighbours on the outside deck, if we do observe social distancing. (It is apparently allowed to see my beighbours in the common area with masks on and not getting too close to each other.!)
But I was advised, that more than two people should not see me on my outside deck! Some of these rules do not make a lot of sense to me.
California has enjoyed its Summer because many choose to be vaccinated and wear masks, but unfortunately, the Southern States ruled by Anti-Vaxxers and Anti-COVID safety mandates are killing their own citizens and overwhelming the healthcare system. It’s not even Winter. The worse is coming but people choose to make it happen. I am proud of many of the Californians who assumed accountability and responsibility for public health and safety. Take care my friend .
Dear Island Traveler: I agree that people should accept that the wearing of masks is often a precaution that is necessary even if you are vaccinated. I think, Debra is right, when she says that people won’t acknowledge how deadly this disease is, and take necessary precautions. It is the same here in Australia!
Debra says: “And tragically, it didn’t have to be this way! This many months later I’m still shocked at how many people won’t acknowledge how deadly this disease is, and take necessary precautions. I feel fortunate to live in California where statistically we are doing reasonably well! It’s all very sad. ”
Debra from California is a dear blogger friend. Here is a link to her last blog: