I hope everyone’s doing okay.
The widespread view is that government mismanagement has made this latest outbreak far worse than it needs to be.
They don’t want more lockdowns – perhaps fair enough given high rates of vaccination – but they’re not ensuring the testing (PCR and Rapid Antigen Test) capacity can properly handle it.
The economy is clearly winding down. This graph shows travel demand (measured by Facebook mobility data, so not perfect, but certainly indicative) since the pandemic began:
Actual traffic data shows a similar story. It’s not a lockdown, but travel demand is definitely down.
With the virus rampant, many people are avoiding travel, either making their own choices or due to isolation rules when exposed.
I’m laying low by choice. Plenty of people have caught COVID-19, and Brad Hazzard reckons everyone will get Omicron, but I’m in no hurry.
There’s the impact on hospitals, the potential for longterm effects, and even for the triple-vaxed it’s not always easy going.
So I’m choosing to avoid risk where I can: minimising my shopping, making supermarket visits when it’s quiet, and avoiding events, and got a refund on concert tickets.
I went to some gatherings of friends and family at Christmas – with people using RATs and eating outdoors to help make it safe – this was before RATs got so scarce.
I’m privileged that I can Work From Home. I’m lucky that my kids are grown and moved out. It’s not so easy when family members are attending childcare or on-site part time work. Not everyone can make the choices I’m making.
And I realise I’m being quite cautious. Not everybody who can make these those choices will make them – but based on the travel data, quite a few people are.
Omicron will eventually peak and subside, but that’s how I’m looking at it for now.
Whatever you’re doing, hope you’re doing okay.