At the time of writing this editorial, New Zealand has just had its third case of COVID-19 confirmed and I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel particularly panicked at all. I know there’s been a lot of hysteria – and whilst we may have more cases of COVID-19 to come, I do have faith in how this ‘outbreak’ is being handled.
Public Health measures are based on informed scientific facts and decisions. Experts in the field definitely know more than ‘experts’ on twitter. Don’t get me wrong, COVID-19 is a real problem. Obeying public health precautions and instructions is important. After all, we do want to limit and stop the spread of this disease. But the absolute panic over face masks, hand sanitisers, toilet paper, and even bread is just completely unnecessary.
This isn’t to belittle anyone who wants to protect themselves – by all means, have good hygiene. This disease can be fatal, it can impact people’s lives and any measure to prevent disease is well worth it.
But the absolute frenzy isn’t worth the stress and the huge disruption to daily life. Keep calm and carry on. You can be worried without being worked up.
With that being said, I want to list some things you’re more likely to catch at the University of Auckland than COVID-19:
Be safe and wash your goddamn hands,
Hot damn! This coronavirus stuff is getting crazy! I’ve been busy boarding up the office this week, so I haven’t had much time to shit out an editorial. Instead, I’ll leave you with Dan’s Top Ten Coronavirus Survival Tips:
Anyways, I’m off to Party in the Spark now. I’m aware there’ll be loads of person-to-person contact there so I’ll be wearing a condom under my clothes (for protection). Wish me luck!