The impact of Covid-19 on tourist businesses is similar to the impact Foot and Mouth disease would have on farming.
If it was a Foot and Mouth outbreak all infected stock and would be culled; road blocks would be set up around the infected area; and all vehicles would be checked to ensure they weren’t transporting animals or raw meat.
I’m not suggesting culling people, but I am questioning whether the government’s response to Covid-19 has been strong enough, as it would if this was Foot and Mouth.
Requiring anyone arriving from overseas to self-isolate for 14 days is good in theory, but how is it working in practice?
How can you stop a tourist from going to supermarkets or restaurants, visiting attractions, taking part in activities?
How can you keep returning residents and citizens at home?
We can’t just rely on being geographically remote to protect us.
My daughter has cancer which makes her vulnerable and she has good reason to be scared.
Our health system is over-stretched already.
It won’t cope if the disease becomes wide-spread and we all have to play our part in making sure it doesn’t.
Morgan, a young woman with cancer has a message for those too healthy to worry about Covid-19:
Lucky you, but this isn’t about you. This is about me and the millions of other Americans with underlying health conditions that leave their immune systems compromised. This isn’t about whether or not a healthy person will quickly recover from a virus. This is about keeping the otherwise healthy people out of the hospitals so there is room for the sick. This is about our doctors having to avoid deciding whose life is more important and who deserves to be put on a ventilator and who doesn’t. This is about avoiding the spread of a highly contagious and potentially deadly virus to those who are most vulnerable. . .
We shouldn’t be aiming to flatten the curve, we should be aiming to stop the spread before it starts.
The response to this disease in people should be just as urgent and just as strict as if it was Foot and Mouth in stock.