New regulations, training systems and research are underway but there's much still to be done.
Ghettos of crime, drugs and vice? Full of people bludging off the state? That's typical of the unfair stigma attached to public housing, and it distracts us from more fundamental issues.
What we understand about how COVID-19 spreads should be the basis for infection control procedures during any lockdown of a residential tower.
Public housing towers in Flemington and North Melbourne have been placed under 'hard lockdown', with 3,000 residents confined to home for at least five days, after 23 COVID-19 cases in 12 homes.
Buildings with lots of occupants such as tower blocks and hospitals could be a hidden risk in the battle against COVID-19.