As restrictions designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 loosen, are you worried about a second wave of the disease?
There’s no doubt that Australia has weathered the COVID-19 crisis far better than many other countries – at least in terms of the spread of the novel coronavirus itself.
As at Wednesday June 3, there had been 7,229 cases of COVID-19 in Australia to date, with 102 deaths.
Also on that date, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg admitted that the country is now in recession, for the first time since 1990-91.
In an update on the economic and fiscal outlook with Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, the Treasurer said that “Australia’s continued success in flattening the curve means we have been able to begin reopening our economy more quickly than initially expected”.
However stakeholders including the Health Minister have continued to warn of the ongoing need for protective measures such as social distancing in order to prevent a “second wave” of community transmission.
“We must maintain our physical distancing,” Greg Hunt told reporters on Tuesday.
“Workplaces… public transport, all of these systems, have developed ways of people keeping their distance. And in particular, respect our seniors. Our seniors are our most vulnerable.
“Around the world, they are those that are most vulnerable, and giving them the space and the distance, continuing to respect the hand hygiene, the physical distance, downloading the COVIDSafe app, these are the three things that will help us emerge cautiously, but with confidence.”
Experts including Professor James McCaw from the Doherty Institute in Melbourne are also wary that the crisis is not a thing of the past; Prof McCaw told the Sydney Morning Herald this week that “we are still at the very start of this”.
We’d like to know what you, on the frontline, think about a potential second wave. Let us know in our poll below – check as many boxes as are relevant.