We could do more — wearing masks at all times, investing in air filtration to remove airborne virus particles, or reinstating restrictions on the unvaccinated – but we seem more interested in getting life “back to normal”.
It is like our acceptance of influenza, which claimed 1,080 Australian lives in 2019.
Or the road toll — we could eliminate almost all deaths on our roads if only we reduced the speed limit to 10 kilometres per hour — but we wouldn’t.
It sounds like a pretty ruthless calculation on our part, and one that some were condemned for expressing earlier in the pandemic.
It seems though that many have come around to that way of thinking.