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  1. Tangney
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    180 posts
    20 January 2021 in reply to Moonstruck
    Hi Moonstruck. It seems to me that the decision makers aren't listening to anyone other than their flunkies and the media pack. I wish they would take a look at these forums to educate themselves about the real impact on mental health. I doubt that any consideration of mental health ever occurs, as they think that throwing money around for others to "mop up" the mess they've created absolves them of all responsibility. Ironically these days, the pollies mention MH more often than the actual "doctors", who are obsessed with "the virus", it's "mutant strains", and its "infectiousness", even when there are no cases to be found anywhere in the country. These people are even being nominated for Australian of the Year, which goes to show how little anyone is paying attention to the real toll on that this is taking on people's lives. None of them want to know about particular health crisis. MH was getting some attention at the beginning of all this, even if only as an afterthought. Now, it's hardly rating a mention at all. I suppose it'll be years before the damage can be properly measured when these Australian of the Year nominees are long gone and will never be asked to answer for what they've done.
  2. Bananie1234
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    20 January 2021 in reply to Tangney

    Hi Tangney,

    i totally agree with you. Although with the vaccination. I think the government should get the media to educate people the purpose of the vaxx.

    the vaccination was never about eradicating the covid-19 or preventing us from getting it. It’s not a brand new virus” its a new strain, viruses are always difficult to treat, usually your body just has to go through it. They also mutate really easily. A virus can be very different from bacteria.

    Many people think this vaccination will stop us from getting it but that’s not true, with the vaxx, the main focus is if you do catch it, you will have minimum to no symptoms which will reduce hospitalisation and overall death.
    this is the same for flu vaccination every year. The flu vaxx is new every year because the strains they predict are different each year.But it never stops you from catching the flu, it reduces severity and minimise complications.

    this has always been my understanding as a healthcare professional anyway

    Anyways, i think in the end, I’m sure the federal government wants to open up as soon as possible, the economy is just not sustainable like this. i think the hardest thing is to get the premiers to come together and open up. If we are not even opened up between states how are we supposed to open up to other countries even NZ?

  3. lunastone
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    20 January 2021

    Hello, moonstruck, tangney and bananie,

    i wanted to post few days ago after reading a social media post from a friend but just couldn't get my energy to do anything. For the first time in month, this friend finally said something that was quite different than the last few months and more aligned with my thought. Tide is changing i reckon. The post was triggered by the Aus open if you know the story. In short, he commented that even with the vaccine, the virus will still be circulating so with this open and shut border policy or strict lockdown when a case pops up just doesn't seem realistic in a long term. He was afraid that WA people are so risk adverse that they would not accept any number but zero even when we reach the flu season death every year with the vaccine. Perhaps we should all start to be realistic about what risk we want to take. People have family to see and life to live. Of course, he got responses from people, who don't have family oversea, to comment about how bad europe has become for the half open border solution.

    @bananie: I only just read about international border is unlikely to be opened this year last night. I am furious. I was hoping the vaccine would roll out quick, shut everyone up and our leaders will finally let people make their own decision to take the risk or not. Also, educating people about the vaccine. Most people still believe that this is the only way to get back to the normal life. Let's face it, it would be the 'new' normal as the virus will still be with us. People don't seem to get it. I am a bit depressed to know that the vaccine won't eliminate it. I saw a proposal from the NSW premier about encouraging hospitality businesses to ban ppl who dont have the vaccine. And my friends (sheep) here will all go for the vaccine only because they believe it gives them the freedom to travel. I feel like people are now getting the vaccine for the wrong reason. Look, i am all for it as i do believe in science, I just dont' like to be forced into it.

    Interesting to see different point of view. Because we are so safe here, i have seen comments on people being skeptical about the vaccine and would prefer closing the border for a prolong period of time. My american friends are all going for it as they feel themselves of not having any other choice but to hope that the vaccine lessen the spread there -- they have been house bound for nearly a year. It is only Jan, i wish i could fast forward to 2022. :(

  4. Bananie1234
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    20 January 2021 in reply to lunastone

    Hi lunastone,

    i was just talking about it to my mum too, where my parents are at is doing well but they recently had a few local cases that leaked from an oversea case. many people want the country to shut. We think these people are naive. They probably have never really been overseas and they probably don’t have family, friends or partners overseas.

    i think you’ll need to have enough people vaccinate before they are willing to open international borders. the focus is never elimination but to reduce severity, hospitalisation and overall deaths like the flu vax. Therefore the more people vaccinate, the better. And I don’t know if many people realise the flu vaccinations are brand new every year as well yet nobody questions it.

    i have no hope in Australia opening up,I don’t even think 2022 is possible. But I believe i will have a bit more freedom. I’m waiting to see what they say, some countries eg singapore are talking about allowing travellers to enter (without quarantine) if they have the vaccination. I’m sure europe will be doing that too as they’re talking about the covid passport.

    I think in the end, the biggest problem is coming back. Qantas has a no jab no fly policy so maybe australia will adapt with only people with the vax are allowed to enter? Personally for me, I’m more than happy to still quarantine even with the vax, i just want to be allowed back in as a NZ citizen that’s it. australia isn’t allowing non-citizens in unless you’re rich or famous.

    lastly, as eager as i am to get the vax i agree it shouldn’t be forced. If i wasnt so desperate, I wouldn’t do it either. But then I remember I’m not allowed to go to south america without getting a yellow fever vax first yet nobody questions it.I also think it’s ridiculous to ask hospitality businesses to ban those who don’t have the vaxx. It’s funny, i think the way we handle the virus here is very different from the rest of the world.

  5. HamSolo01
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    20 January 2021

    I'm enjoying this thread because there are familiar themes I can relate to.

    I am craving the day we no longer hear about case numbers, "clusters", social distancing, mask mandates etc. Perhaps that is a long way off I don't know, but either way I am waiting for that day.

    I think there are two perspectives here - the governmental one and the public one. The government doesn't want to be "seen" as doing the wrong thing by any stretch of the imagination. Why? Because of bad press. Look at what happened in NSW when there was a small spike in North Sydney. People were locked down again. Once more we heard about clusters and case numbers and appropriate restrictions. Same thing in Brisbane too. Also, when there was a second spike in Melbourne we saw how that impacted them. But like i said - governments are more concerned about bad press than policy. I'm glad that some have steely resolve to balance out competing priorities and realise that lockdowns have social harm consequences. I haven't seen some friends for ages and I am even beginning to question the friendship. But as I said, in a social media driven world the only thing governments care for is good or bad press coverage.

    On that note, I think the vaccination is not a bad thing - but yes the virus itself may still lurk around. The logic of herd immunity is appropriate when and if there is a vaccination that is distributed widely because the virus itself can't find a "host" to stay on and then spread. Considering the way the virus behaves is still a bit of a mystery, there is a likelihood that it will be around. But from the governmental perspective - once a vaccine is distributed then the government can say "Well we have done all we can" which to a certain extent is true.

    The social harm caused by lockdowns, the economic damage, the fact that everyone is now an expert in epidemilogy due to wikipedia... it's a crazy time for a crazy world. I think I am trying to focus on my own world instead. I've grown tired of the real world news. Time to focus on myself and where I can go in life. I am in a job I don't like and I need to find a new one fast or else my mental health will get worse. I've already had to take time off. With that in mind, I need to get back to working on myself.

    Take care all

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  6. Tangney
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    20 January 2021 in reply to HamSolo01
    Hi HamSolo01. I'm glad that there are others that are seeing all of this in the way that I do. I agree that the media drives most of what goes on in terms of decision making. I wonder how the rest of the world is viewing the Australian Open situation. I'm thinking that some of the players and participants are now seeing what it's like to live here with no virus, but surrounded by people who are scared of each other anyway, being on high alert, and anyone who says the conditions are tough or unnecessary getting brick bats for for trying to make suggestions about more reasonable ways of doing things. I know what you mean about questioning some friendships. I've been thinking for a while that there will be people who I won't be associating with anymore, even if this ever ends, which I doubt. I'm not going to forget how so many people only thought of themselves, particularly those who were unaffected by the economic crash and social isolation, and had no regard for anyone else who wasn't coping, lost jobs, businesses, opportunities, etc. The mask situation in Sydney has been very upsetting for me as I can't wear one. I have been told that I am selfish, just because I would like to see the international border reopen and I am unable to wear a mask. I won't be able to forgive.
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  7. HamSolo01
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    22 January 2021 in reply to Tangney

    Hey Tangney

    I've heard stories of people getting yelled at or berated for not wearing a mask in supermarkets (Mandatory now) because of medical reasons. You actually don't even need to seek permission to get that. People can just not wear it for a medical reason - so there isn't really a legal definition of mandate being applied. There is questionable logic over how this whole situation turned out at a policy level. I've also heard stories of how asian people are getting yelled at or abused about the whole thing too - which is stupid and atrocious. Why people can't make a distinction between asians and chinese is beyond me. Even then, if someone was Chinese it isn't even their fault - it's their CCP government that they never got to vote in. It's a sad reality this world is facing perhaps.

    Anyway I have been working on a theory that we need to spend the most time working on ourselves before we try to fix the world around us and try to improve it. We can hardly be expected to solve the world's issues on our own or with a group of people that are themselves having problems. Oh for the day when people come into positions of power for the right reasons and not selfish, ego inducing nonsense.

    the more I look around these days the more I see a broken world - in need of healing, restoration and passion. I think we will get there but it may take some more time.

    the human condition aye?

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  8. golden82
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    23 January 2021 in reply to Tangney

    Hi Tangney, and everyone,

    Tangney, I am with you re no longer associating with ppl anymore. Prior to Covid I had only very few ppl I called friends anyway. But these ppl were very limited contact with me anyway eg out to a coffee maybe 1-2 times a year. It was generally me to keep the friendship alive. They have ppl in their lives and so I was unnecessary to them. I have no-one in my life and so I really valued them. But through all of last year - they dwindled off - no reaching out to me, not following up on my occasional contact. Or waiting months and then a random brief msg/or a msg all about them and an update of their great family life. Just all adding to my feelings of alone - unloved etc. So yeah, Covid - although this is negative as it means I have zero friends. It proves to me they were never true friends to begin with. And I have given up bothering to reach out. I have given up on everything and everyone really. And as for this no travel for year/s omg?? What is there to look forward to - nothing.

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  9. Sophie_M
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    23 January 2021 in reply to golden82
    Dear Golden82

    We are so sorry to hear that you are feeling so alone right now and that you have given up on everything and everyone. Those sound like some pretty heavy thoughts and feelings and we are glad that you shared them with us. We hope that connecting with others on here helps to reduce this sense of loneliness that you feel. We're not sure if you're aware of FriendLine so we thought we'd bring this organisation to your attention. They are not available 24-7, nor are they are crisis support line; however, they are a non-for-profit organisation targeting loneliness and can provide you with a nice friendly conversation. They are available via phone or online chat - here is their website for more info: https://www.friendline.org.au/. Otherwise, if you would like mental health support, please feel free to give our support service a call on 1300 22 4636. 
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  10. Tangney
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    180 posts
    23 January 2021 in reply to golden82
    Hi Golden 82. You do have friends. I know things are tough and that you are yery lonely. I know that pain too. The pain of loneliness is like no other pain. I'm hoping that we will all be free again soon and that you will be my friend, which I would be proud to call you.
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  11. golden82
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    372 posts
    23 January 2021 in reply to Tangney
    Thank you Tangney. You and Moon et al are the type of ppl I would be proud to call friends too. Thanks for your kind words, even whilst you are struggling with all the Covid/mask fiasco in NSW. Take care :)
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  12. Moonstruck
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    23 January 2021 in reply to golden82

    Dear golden....I consider you a friend if that's ok..I sure do. I am so glad You're here and have been so supportive of me so many times in the past. Thank you.

    You can talk to me any time..I'll be here. You are not alone. Sleep well tonight..xx

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  13. golden82
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    372 posts
    23 January 2021 in reply to Moonstruck
    Thanks Moon - that means a lot. I hope you sleep well also - I know you are deeply hurting too x
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  14. HamSolo01
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    820 posts
    24 January 2021 in reply to golden82

    Hey golden82

    Just wanted to say G'day and check how you are today. Saw what you wrote. Loneliness is a bugger. For what its worth, many are finding that experience these days. This community is pretty supportive. I hope you feel welcomed by it.

    Hope your day is okay friend

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  15. Bananie1234
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    67 posts
    24 January 2021 in reply to golden82

    Hi friend,

    I totally know how you feel which is why i really like this thread in particular. i find it comforting just reading it and i hope you feel the same. The world can't stay like this forever and Australia certainly will not sustain like this, i'm sure the federal government will want to open up ASAP and we will have our freedoms back.

    i hope you have a better day and stay hopeful, my friend.

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  16. golden82
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    372 posts
    24 January 2021 in reply to HamSolo01

    hey HamSolo01,

    Thank you for checking in. I'm still just as low, unfortunately, it is my reality everyday. Even had XMas alone, no calls etc if you can imagine (8yrs of this). So truly have given up on ppl. I am sure there are some that care - eg you ppl on here - but I am yet to meet ppl like you all in the real world. Most are self centered and Covid just showed me just how very very self centered they can be. So unlike what the pollies ramble on about how it is bringing out the good in ppl and community, checking on neighbours etc - yeah right! I think they need a reality check. Thanks again, and I hope you have a good day :)

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  17. golden82
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    372 posts
    24 January 2021 in reply to Bananie1234

    Hey Bananie,

    Thanks for your message of support. Yes, this thread is a good one and sharing my thoughts with other deep thinkers is helpful to keep me sane lol. I don't watch the news anymore and get most of it from you guys - but I really don't see o/seas travel happening for a couple of years at least - I don't know? But maybe they will stagger it or something like the bubble they were talking about with NZ etc. But this is so depressing to not have the option to be free to see the world. We get one life. But all the world seems to be worried about is this Covid and looking after the already ill by locking up the rest of us and making us ill!! I appreciate you saying to be hopeful, but I am not anymore. I hope I am wrong. Thanks and hope you enjoy your day :)

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  18. Bananie1234
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    67 posts
    24 January 2021 in reply to golden82

    Hi Golden82,

    i know it seems like this with overseas travel but is it really what it is or is it the media again?
    whats the point of promoting the vaccination if we will still shut for the next 5 years? I wouldn’t get jabbed if it doesn’t give me a bit of my freedom back. Many countries are slowly opening up to visitors who have been jabbed. Even the tokyo olympics is going ahead and we are staying shut? For what? I think what they mean is, it won’t be back to it’s normal capacity until the next few years which is understandable.

    Another thing why i think they can’t stay shut any longer is because i noticed australia relies a lot on international imports and there’s been shortages on consumer products. I work in pharmacy and there’s an increase in medication shortages even with your popular meds. this is a SERIOUS issue!
    What are we supposed to do if there’s nothing much left to buy? As much as a i like Australian made, in all honesty they are often much more expensive and can be really slow in production. i often have patients who can’t even afford one cheap medication. (When i mean cheap it could go as cheap as under $10)

    i know i appear hopeful but the Australian government continues to prove me wrong. But
    trying to find even the tiniest hope to grab onto is what’s keeping me going. And i really hope there’s something you can hold on to.

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  19. Missing user
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    24 January 2021 in reply to Tangney

    Hi Tangney, sorry I'm just seeing your thread.

    I agree, COVID has been hard for many around the world, it's heartbreaking. I was isolated also before it even existed, as I have no friends and no family except my parents, and now it's just worse. The only thing I used to love doing that was therepeutic for me was going to concerts, and I feel like even if they come back, it won't be the same. But that's irrelevant I guess.

    Sorry for me rambling on, I just wanted to reassure you, you're not alone and many are feeling the same as you, myself included. It's also really boring and lonely in lockdown. We're here for you, me included. Take care. I'm sorry I can't help more.

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  20. lunastone
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    24 January 2021 in reply to golden82

    @golden82: I am not good at word so sending you the big hug. It is just not easy. :( i have a family but covid rules are hurting my relationship atm. There is just no family time outing anymore.

    @benanie: yes, i really find this elimination strategy unsustainable, mainly because no other countries are doing it. We thought it was about flatten the curve so hospital wouldn't get overun. How many months we have been talking about this on here? It is a different story where my parents are atm. They hospital is overun and ambulance stops coming. For the first time since the pandemic, they are in hiding. Other time, they just lived with precaution. I wasn't worried about them until now. In any case, I honestly doubt the travel bubble is going to happen with the paranoia that we have here. Just look at the interstate border. It hasn't been too successful so far. kind of depressing despite I'm not going to do any interstate travel in the near future. And you are right, people keep rambling on more aussies made but without realising that it is not that simple. Saw so many comments about boycotting made in china and yet expecting kmart pricing. Yes, the chef at a cafe which i have been going lately told me that some ingredients are hard to source these days. And medicine is another one. This has happened since April last year. At one point, i had to go to another suburb to get the prescribed ventolin. When we could travel oversea again to see my extended families, I don't know........The rest of the world is facing the third, forth or whatever wave at the moment. My only hope is that the vaccine works well so the lawmakers could finally let us to decide for ourselves.

    @hamsolo: yes, i have been trying to focus on myself lately. I have been made redundant (no contract renewal) as mentioned few months ago so am very de-motivated going back to work. It has been very difficult mentally. The dark thought of ending my life came back lately. I haven't had that for over 5 yrs (last episode of situational depression). I am fighting it because i can't help but to think of my friend who passed suddenly last year and left behind a young family. I've to fight this because my child relies on me.

    Wave to Tangney, moon and all.

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  21. Sophie_M
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    24 January 2021 in reply to lunastone
    Hi lunastone,

    We're sorry to hear that you're contract will not be renewed at work. We understand that this would be difficult mentally. It's concerning to hear that you've had thoughts of ending your life. Please remember that if at any point you become an immediate danger to yourself, this is an emergency and you should contact 000 (triple zero).

    We're really glad to hear that you have been fighting these thoughts - we want to let you know how strong we think you are. Please do remember that even in dark times, there is always hope, and you don't have to sit with these thoughts alone. We would strongly urge that in overwhelming moments you get in touch with our friends at Lifeline (13 11 14) or the Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467). You might also find our page helpful - "Taking care of yourself after losing your job"

    Thank you for sharing what you are going through here. We hope that the community is of some comfort to you in this difficult time.


     
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  22. Tangney
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    26 January 2021

    Hi lunastone. It makes me angry when they hold up all these so called 'health care heroes", especially on Australia day when the nurses and doctors get into the venues, even though I think they've had the easiest year in history, as people were told to stay away from hospitals, even if they were sick, so the hospitals were empty. What a bludge. That's without even going into what's happened with MH, where all you have to do is meditate and make you tube videos and sour dough and then you're ok. I keep hoping the borders will open soon. but I can't see it in the next year. I'm really hoping, but I have to be realistic.

    Golden82, I am so hoping that you can see how much love and support you have here. I know it's not in the real world, as you say, but there are many who value you here, whatever this particular world is. It's just a shame that we can't all meet in person, but we will always be here.

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  23. lunastone
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    26 January 2021 in reply to Sophie_M
    @Sophie_M: thank you. I wonder if i can get a GP letter that isn't too obvious about my mental state for personal or sick leave? I would rather not taking annual leaves at this stage. I took a lot of annual leaves leading up to xmas and afterward but now I just want the pay out for my leaves when i leave my job. I have plenty of sick/personal/carer leaves....At one point, i thought about seeing a professional counsellor but the wait is lengthy and it is also a hit and miss. I had one before who is very good but that counsellor is specialised in a certain mental health issue only.
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  24. lunastone
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    26 January 2021 in reply to Tangney

    Hi, all,

    i see many of you have been on the main coronavirus crisis thread. i hesistate to reply there as i know the main stream people have a different point of view and i have enough hard time arguing with people who disagree my thought. @benanie: i just saw the news about the travel bubble with NZ is now off after they announced the first community case. I know you have family there. :( This is not surprising given the typical reaction we have here in Australia. Sick of it. I would rather getting my parents here in australia. That's not because we are safe here. It is because we could actually spend time house bound or whatever here together in the next few years as this isn't seem to end in the near future. Life is so short for them to not being able to spend time with the grandkid. Of course, in realitiy, that's not possible with aussies still stuck oversea. Even if they could, I concern about their risk of getting covid flying (high risk group). We won't mind isolating ourselves for two weeks for sure! Is that even allowed/a choice at this point?

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  25. Tangney
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    26 January 2021 in reply to lunastone
    Hi lunastone. I'm thinking of trying to buy a boat and also asking for political asylum in New Zealand.
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  26. Lillylane
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    26 January 2021

    Thank you for this thread. I feel less lonely reading it and I’m so thankful for what you have expressed here.

    I may end up posting more at some point, but right now I’m up late, my mind is mush and I can hardly put a sentence together.

    A heartfelt thanks to you all.

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  27. lunastone
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    31 January 2021

    Hi, everyone,

    was planning to write the post yesterday but didn't. I had a meltdown at work on thurs after sitting through a virtual meeting. It just hit me that no one cares a thing about my dedication for the team over the years and no tear about me being made redundant. Sobbing in the bathroom afterward and just hate the life i have right now. When i got home, i still had to pretend to be strong. :( Yes, that dark thought keeps coming back and my partner simply can't understand why i am depressed with so many ppl envy what we have here in WA.

    Well, there was a bit triggering with the announcement yesterday about more contact tracing from mid feb. No more cherry picking @Tangney. It will be for most venues in WA, including take away. For me, this implementation makes more sense if they want to do a proper contact tracing. However, the rules are getting stricker and stricker, not easing even we haven't had a community case for 9 months (as of this weekend). They want strict border control and now want more contact tracing. The whole thing is torning my relatonship apart as we both want one or the other rule and not both! And it is so sad to see how many foul and mean comments on social media toward anyone who dares to say a word about opposing any of these ideas. Covid brings up so many ugly faces and there is no compassion at all. Just because someone wants to see family in the east is called selfish. Someone went to see dying family over and can't make it back to oz should take the consequence of getting stuck.

    Well, i know this day is coming. WA areas will go into 'house arrest' from 6pm today for 5 days. Kid was excited to go to school tmr (first day of school). :( If they are so good at contact tracing, why the need of keeping million of ppl in the house. They have published a list of places....what's the point. And the rule is stricker than what we have last year April. Mask is mandatory if one leaves the house. Well, I wore the mask last year when i left the house without being told during those lockdown months. So it is yet again saying we need ppl to dictate our life and tell us how to take care ourselves or others. I'm so over it.......and now, bringing the panic buying. If virus is already circulating, crowd will only make it worse.

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  28. lunastone
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    31 January 2021

    @Tangney or @benanie: not sure if it was you on the main thread. I read it a while back and prefer to post on here. I feel imtimidated to post on the main thread as too many ppl think we are wearing a tinfoil hat. Yes, i agree that UK, US etc need to get it under control. There is no comparison and i don't know why everyone keeps throwing those countries at me. And you know, so many of my friends have been house bound for a year and they would like to live their life again. They are doing it to help stopping the spread and everyone lines up to get the vaccine. To them, it isn't a choice but to hope that the vaccine really helps to flatten the curve and less ppl die due to hospital being over run. Here, because we are so safe, majority of ppl who i read on post will not take it. they would rather the border being shut! So reaching that herd immunity would be impossible here ...... we are so not in this together.

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  29. Moonstruck
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    3722 posts
    1 February 2021 in reply to lunastone

    Dear friends....Tangney, Lunastone, Golden82, Bananie.....sorry if I've forgotten anyone. I don't want to make you feel envious....as I can imagine what you are going through in your various locations... just issuing an invitation to come up and visit me sometime;

    I'm about to go for a swim in the ocean, sit on the sand, it's perfect weather, no masks, no supermarket queues....and last week I went to my first big theatre show in over a year...with the audience allowed at 100% capacity and it was! It was packed.

    The sense of triumph was palpable as they all rose as one at the finale, clapping and singing .....and the smiles of joy on the faces of the performers radiated bliss as they were at last allowed to "be themselves" as if they'd been set free...off the leash, sharing that pent up energy with the audience who cheered them on every step of the way.............I hope to hell I am not feeling relief "too soon"....perhaps I'd better "touch wood" this continues...there are still no guarantees.......come up and see me sometime.....love Moon S x

  30. lunastone
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    128 posts
    2 February 2021 in reply to Moonstruck
    Thank you moonstruck. I totally need that thought right now. While everyone is so proud what we are doing here, my european friend dropped me a message and asked if it was a joke about the lockdown over one case. There was even a discussion about that on their news outlet with experts commented on it. Funny how these experts have a different opinion than the ones here. At the moment, they are in lockdown as well but that
    only kicks in for hotspots when cases exceed certain number and based on hospital capacity. There is no comparison.....Anyway, while everyone is bashing Glady here in WA, I started to think that it is a more sensible approach. Localise lockdown, contact trace and rectify. Yes, is only 5 days, i can put up with it but I am afraid that there would be more bad news with the lengthy lockdown here if there is another case pops up over this.......just want to be somewhere remote with no one right now and no work. You know, i was only starting to feel better on Sunday when i submitted a job application.

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