The COVID-19 pandemic has had a drastic impact on our community and will continue to do so for some time. Most of us have never experienced something like this, and our adaptability and resilience has certainly been proven over the last few months.
However, I am cautious that in our desire to return to normal, we may plant the seeds for a second wave of infections. In every major pandemic, there has been a more deadly second wave. 90 per cent of the deaths attributed to the Spanish flu happened in the second wave of infections. Almost five times as many deaths occurred in developed countries following the initial 2009 H1N1 'swine flu' outbreak.
Knowing this, we have no excuse to allow a second wave this time around. Carelessness, and a belief that the worst is behind us, must not lead to more suffering.
I want to acknowledge the great work done as a community and as individuals, especially our frontline workers- nurses, doctors, cleaners, train drivers, retail workers and so many others thank you for everything you've done.
It would be a tragedy for these gains to be so quickly erased. Please remember to remain vigilant, be patient, stay at home if you're unwell, seek a test if necessary, regularly wash your hands and keep 1.5 metres apart, and to be kind.
If there is anything I can do to help you at all, please don't hesitate to contact my office on (02) 8983 0977 or via email at Anne.Stanley.MP@aph.gov.au