I have been noting the excellent coverage by the ABC of the current COVID-19 pandemic. It has been comprehensive and, with the help of Dr Norman Swan, understandable.
Yes, we need to know ‘new cases’. Sadly, their continued use of the term ‘total infected’ is a misnomer because some have recovered and are now, theoretically ‘immune’.
The ABC could improve and add a column to their COVID-19 statistics. We need to know how many have recovered! They are the herd who will protect us with Herd Immunity.
They are also the cohort which would make a very good source for nurses, carers, hospital cleaners, meals-on-wheels people and other front-line workers.
No longer able to be infected, sensible use of sanitising would allow them to do many of the tasks for which non-immune people require so much protection.
Obviously not all recovered COVID-19 patients would be interested in doing caring work but a reasonable percentage will be and they should be fast-tracked into those very necessary roles.
In this time of crisis, we need to use every resource at our disposal to lift our nation back to some form of normality.