And just what is normality?
Here in NZ we have no known cases out in the general community for some weeks now, no restrictions on gatherings, no social distancing, and no masks. Only a small part of our economy and lifestyle is currently affected. But a big departure from previous normality, in that our border is effectively closed to all but returning kiwis, and they have to endure state custody for 14 plus days before release into the community. Our problem is how to exit this state, with minimal additional costs to our economy and well being.
Venetians currently are now enjoying their city as their own, not as a displaced minority in their own city. Similarly around the world many other tourist hot spots have had the degradation caused by unsustainable tourism growth paused. Time to reflect.
Lockdowns rapidly proved that a lot of face to face contact in centralised offices and on business trips was not needed and could be replaced by virtual meetings, thus reducing commuting travel and business air travel requirements substantiall at considerable benifit to lifestyles and to our environment,
This crisis has cruelly and brutaly laid bare shortcomings in public health provision, social service provision, and indeed core leadership competence in so many considered advanced economies.
So any new normality must be a substantially different normality to what we had before.
I've been to Venice 3 times and wouldn't want to live there, and that was more than 10 years ago, without stupid cruise liners entering the city. I've lived in Paris a couple of years and tourists weren't an issue, except if I had wanted to go up the Eiffel tower. This and museums should all go to an appointment system, it's common in Italy (to go up the tower in Pisa for example, and plenty of museums, churches, etc.) and works well.
Tourism is the livelihood of a lot of people, don't dismiss it so easily.
When I read on this forum that some members fly a hundred times or more in a year (for business), yeah, that's a bit crazy, even if I'm jealous !
BTW, NZ has let the filming crew for the Lord of the Ring TV series enter the country...
I have some questions to bring up as to a vaccine.
If someone had Covid-19 and still had antibodies, would it be necessary for them to get the vaccine ? Perhaps one would have to get the anti-body test and if that were true, others not exposed would get it.first.
They wouldn't be first in line that's for sure. More testing would probably be needed to answer that one. In fact it's unethical apparently to expose people to the virus, so that complicates testing.
Could some not be able to take the vaccine as have auto-immune diseases, allergies to some part of the contents ?
Yes, or be a pregnant woman, or a child, etc. Like many vaccines.
Will there be enough PPE, syringes and proper staffing to give it fast and correctly ?
Yes. But there won't be enough vaccine ! We're talking a few millions doses in 2020 even in the best scenario.
Will there be (mainly as to the USA) some kind of compensation fund and limits on lawsuits, perhaps requiring mandatory mediation for those who get bad reactions to the vaccine ?
You know your country best. I'm surprised there isn't already a 10 pages thing to sign before taking any vaccine.
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