It was all going so well ... until it wasn’t.
This week, metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in Victoria re-entered lockdown and Australia was split into two.
This bonus episode in the web series Life Beyond Coronavirus: The Expert View explores why Melbourne went back into lockdown and what must be addressed to transition out of it.
But it also looks at the impact re-entering lockdown has had on the community – particularly when research shows us that there’s been a sharp rise in the number of women who have suffered physical or sexual abuse, or some form of coercive control during the pandemic.
And there are other key questions in there too.
What does the evidence tell us about face masks? Is elimination a practical option? Will a vaccine work as well as herd immunity? And what are the true costs of the lockdown – to the economy, to our community and our health?