It’s early days, but most people are responding responsibly to the draconian requirements of the state of emergency.
News of the escalating rate of Covid-19 overseas and here, including the first death*, is helping keep people in their isolation bubbles.
But acceptance and compliance won’t last long if the shutdown doesn’t work, or there’s a second wave because there’s too little testing, or because the disease keeps on being imported.
Deaths from the disease will be counted and broadcast. It will be harder to track those caused by the economic and social cost of the shut down but they will come.
Businesses will fail, homes will be lost, suicides and domestic violence will increase.
A four-week shutdown that eliminates the disease and saves lives might justify all that, but only if the disease is eliminated and stays out of the country and we are then able to get the economy up and functioning at full speed again.
That will mean closing the borders completely, or requiring all arrivals to be quarantined for two weeks. Trusting people to self-isolate before the shutdown didn’t work and it won’t work afterwards.
Had it done so, Covid-19 would have been confined to people who contracted it overseas and we wouldn’t have to be locked down.
Some of us can learn from others’ mistakes, their rest of us have to be the other people.
The government didn’t learn from the mistakes other countries made in not closing borders properly.
Until it decides that all arrivals will be quarantined, it’s not even learning from its own mistake in not going harder, sooner.
* The person who died had an underlying condition which begs the question was the death due to Covid-19 or the underlying condition?