The Coronavirus has been huge news worldwide recently. In some unfortunate ways it has polarised opinion and highlighted medical, political and race issues between different continents.
In NZ, it proves our distance is a positive in these situations. So in a NZ only context, let’s do some fact checking and understand that right now there is:
– almost zero chance of people here contracting 2019nCoV now the border is closed and flights to affected areas suspended
– face masks are of little value
– most people do not die
– in fact it is likely most people will not even get very sick
– by contrast, influenza kills about 400,000 people in the world each year
– The global response we are seeing is unprecedented and we are lucky we are a long way away.
What has been incredibly heartening is the human compassion from many countries not affected directly, in support of China by way of aid, resources and support. And from
individual people themselves below a Govt or Red Cross level in helping as much as they can with financial donations, emotional and pastoral support. In NZ, the quarantine centre is at a military base in Whangaparoa on the North Shore and the cast majority of the local population have no qualms about the people evacuated from China being there until cleared. This is typical of the world renowned Kiwi spirit.