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In this daily blog I explore our personal and collective responses to the transformation we are all experiencing as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic. I began writing in mid-March 2020, but only decided in April to create this blog and post it to my website. I’m posting all of March as a single entry and will follow up with posts either daily, weekly or every few days as events unfold. Stay safe.

The Corona Crucible – Sun 19th July

World 14.4 million    Russia 760K+                        South Africa 350K+ All Victorian AFL teams have relocated to Queensland for the next ten weeks. Players are being tested for COVID-19 twice a week and there are other restrictions in place to ensure safety. Every week brings another adjustment to AFL arrangements in order to keep the 2020 season […]

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The Corona Crucible – Sat 18th July

World 14.1 million                Spain 300K+  Germany 200K+ Even people who are complying with restrictions can slip up. We are all human and we make mistakes. Another reason that otherwise careful people may behave irresponsibly is that we can quickly revert to old habits that are ingrained. People just want to feel ‘normal’ but we’re […]

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The Corona Crucible – Fri 17th July

World 13.9 million    Brazil 2 million         India 1 million Given the current surge in cases and second lockdown in Victoria, I can’t see how the federal government can possibly stop the JobKeeper scheme in September. With so many businesses closed and people out of work around Australia the government is under pressure to permanently increase […]

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The Corona Crucible – Thurs 16th July

World 13.6 million                Russia 740K+                        South Africa 310K+ The coronavirus situation in Melbourne is getting worse with infection clusters in many nursing homes and hospitals. I really think that the state government needs to go harder. New Zealand has not had any cases of community transmission for two months. If we had made that choice […]

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The Corona Crucible – Wed 15th July

World 13.4 million    Mexico 300K+                       Turkey 200K+ A number of health experts are now calling for Australia to adopt an elimination strategy for COVID-19. Tasmania and many other states have effectively eliminated the virus without actually setting elimination as a target. If we tighten restrictions now for a couple of months we could potentially eliminate […]

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The Corona Crucible – Tues 14th July

World 13.2 million                Argentina 100K+      Australia 10K+          Neil was planning to go to Geelong today. He arranged a special permit from his employer to go to a brewery for essential work. There are many of us who consider alcohol essential to daily life, but actually it was a safety issue at the brewery that […]

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The Corona Crucible – Mon 13th July

World 13 million       USA 3.4 million        South Africa 270K+ With not much else to do over the weekend, Neil and I made some face masks. Actually, in the end, Neil did most of the work. He is better at sewing that I am. We found a good mask template and set of instructions online […]

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The Corona Crucible – Sun 12th July

World 12.8 million    Brazil 1.8 million      Colombia 140K+       There seems to be no explanation as to why the COVIDsafe app has so far been ineffective. Prime Minister Scott Morrison is still urging people to download it. It was meant to help track and advise people if they have been in close contact with any person […]

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The Corona Crucible – Sat 11th July

World 12.6 million    Peru 310K+    Chile 310K+ A few recreational activities like fishing and golf are allowed this time under Stage Three restrictions in Victoria, with extra conditions. Golf has been restricted to playing in pairs, and the previous restrictions are still in place; no bunker rakes, byo sand bucket, don’t touch flag sticks and […]

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The Corona Crucible – Fri 10th July

World 12.3 million    USA 3.2 million        India 790K+   It’s hard to believe that it’s been just four months since this pandemic was declared. More than one million new infections are being recorded each week. India has overtaken Russia and now has the third highest number of coronavirus cases after the USA and Brazil. Given […]

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