It takes one
It takes just the first person with Covid-19, but asymptomatic, travelling on public transport – with no mask – to start the next cluster (check out the Defence Force employee and his story). The virus is invisible. Fortress NZ, and in this instance Fortress South Island (Hans Andersen, Nov 24), is only there because people are aware, take precautions, wear masks on public transport and are extremely fortunate to be living behind a wide moat, but primarily because we are blessed with political leadership that is informed by the experts.
This is not Jacinda being an Aunty. This is informed on advice from the same scientists that have guided NZ to the place it is now. This is a deadly disease that has, conservatively, infected 60 million and claimed the lives of 1.4 million globally.
Wearing a mask is an easy thing to do with all the other easy things we are asked to do. If Hans declines to wear a mask, then take a plane to the US where they don’t wear masks so much.
Julian Shorten, Reefton