The good news is Victoria is more likely to reach zero case of community transmission sooner if vaccination rates pick up, even modestly.
We can do better than building a village of glorified dongas. Smart quarantine can be much higher-tech, and more adaptable for future uses once the pandemic is over.
Smart street furniture can do a lot of things at once. Some of these functions offer the public clear benefits, but the data collection and surveillance capabilities raise a number of concerns.
We have the chance to build a world class, dedicated quarantine facility. Here’s how we could do it.
The Morrison government announced the payment on Thursday. A significant group of Australians will not be eligible to apply.
Chance matters. It’s unlikely Victoria is doing anything that ‘makes us’ more likely to have outbreaks leading to lockdowns.
People are not more likely now to get infected by brushing past someone on the street. We’re just better at finding links between cases.
A new book of photographs is a reminder of a slower and simpler way of living — before chain stores, throwaway clothing and online retail.
The revamped Victorian hotel quarantine system appears to have addressed the weaknesses of the previous system, particularly around the risk of airborne transmission.
We need to rigorously analyse data from recent lockdowns, so we can respond better to future outbreaks.
During the current COVID outbreak in Melbourne, the state government has been listing exposure sites as tier 1, tier 2, or tier 3. So what’s the difference between each level, and why does it matter?
Another lockdown in Victoria comes at a considerable cost. However, it’s important to see the distinction between this short, sharp lockdown and the one that lasted several months last year.
If there are inevitably going to be leaks from quarantine, wouldn’t it be better to have it in an isolated location so it can’t spread further?
Nobody likes a whinger. But when you’re used to having an entourage, and being feted around the world, things can get tough when you don’t get your own way.
The pervasive impacts of infrastructure projects on public health are often overlooked. New research is teasing out the many ways Melbourne’s level-crossing removals will affect people’s health.
Victoria has achieved a remarkable thing. But the virus has not been eradicated. The question then becomes, how well can the state deal with new outbreaks?
Ideally, I’d wait until there’s zero community transmission before reopening borders. But I think the risk of a substantial outbreak is low.
Alice Pung’s family escaped Pol Pot to settle in Australia. In suburban Melbourne, as her mum worked in the dark, back shed, she discovered books — and what the world could be.
There is cause for optimism. But now the pendulum swings towards individuals taking responsibility for managing risks, rather than government telling you what you can and can’t do.
How does Victoria’s response to a second COVID-19 wave compare internationally? Very favourably - only a handful of other jurisdictions have enjoyed anything like the same level of effectiveness.