Andrew Dickens: Biggest weakness in our Covid response is our population

Author
Andrew Dickens,
Publish Date
Mon, 1 Mar 2021, 2:23PM
(Photo / NZ Herald)
(Photo / NZ Herald)

Andrew Dickens: Biggest weakness in our Covid response is our population

Author
Andrew Dickens,
Publish Date
Mon, 1 Mar 2021, 2:23PM

As I watch the news last night I wondered how the young lad at the centre feels as event after dream after hope gets cancelled.  

I wonder why the link between his family and the originally infected family was never revealed to the contact tracers.  Did they know what they did was wrong? Was there some link between the families so powerful it made them forget the rules?  Or did they not know the rules in the first place?

I wonder about the motivations of the apologists. The counsellor claiming the messages of a year have gone past people because there are 20 languages in South Auckland.  We don’t have enough translators.  How on earth do any of these New Zealand citizens and resident survive if they don’t understand a rule as simple as stay at home if you’re sick?  Or stay at home if you’ve had a Covid test? Don’t visit another family under Level 3?

I also wonder how every other denier and complacent feels. They fuel a climate of dissent and lack of responsibility that results in greater anarchy 

Day in and day out we hear a constant buzz of disrespect of authority.  The government’s useless.  The goverment’s incompetent. The government’s lazy.   Ashley’s slack.  The contact tracing app doesn’t work.  Covid’s just another flu.  Covid is a myth.  Vaccines kill.  Police don’t arrest anyone any more.  

There is a sufficient underbelly of people in this country who don’t care about the rules because they’ve been set by people they don’t respect. 

The government and the system has it faults but it’s biggest weakness is the population itself.

All New Zealanders had to do was assume some personal responsibility to help everyone. Too many of us can’t do that.  

I don’t know why. It’s either because we’re selfish, immature, short sighted or stupid. You choose.