When I first wrote in support of the approach our public health officials and our government were taking towards dealing with the Covid -19 pandemic, there were a number of people who commented that I was perpetrating a hoax, promoting fear, or even that I was somehow promoting a totalitarian state and other such conspiracy nonsense.
The news yesterday that President Trump, who has consistently downplayed the seriousness of the pandemic, is now infected with Covid-19 ( along with his First Lady) should be a reminder to us all to reject stupidity remain vigilant in our fight against this virus.
No one is immune.
If we want to keep our friends and whanau safe and give our economy the best chance to recover, then it is important to follow the advice of our public health officials. Keep up regular hand washing and sanitizing, maintain social distancing whenever possible,wear a mask in public places, recording visits to assist rapid contact tracing, border controls and compulsory self-isolation.
Because, in the absence of a vaccine, these are still our best strategies to deal with this pandemic.
Take care of others by taking care of yourself.
Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.