A year ago, to the question of, “what is the best way to catch COVID-19?” the only sensible answer was “Not to.” …

We wiped out community spread and bought a bunch of vaccines… now what?

There’s been a lot of talk over recent months about the failures of the Australian Government to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, from their abortive, clumsy, most-eggs-in-one-basket approach to vaccine supply, to a so-obviously-racist-even-Andrew-Bolt-noticed decision to lock out Australians trying to return home from India, to a complete lack of…

… and so am I

Over millions of years of evolution, our brains have become extremely efficient at responding to perceived risk. The reason why is pretty straightforward — if you were slow to detect and respond to an actual risk, you died. Therefore, you didn’t have a chance to have or raise offspring, so…

Is zero good for you?

A few weeks ago, I had a quality piece of parental misunderstanding. I had got the impression, in a conversation involving my 9yo son and one of his friends, that he was dissatisfied with our state government retaining tight restrictions in an effort to continue to bring down coronavirus numbers…

How can we think and talk about the months that lie ahead?

A road through the Australian outback with an emergency airstrip marked on it

Yeah, I know… it’s been a hell of a year already. As a friend commented on a recent FB post of mine, “today is the 172nd of March 2020”. It sure feels like it. …

How insecure work has undermined Australia’s battle against the pandemic

Four and a bit months ago, I posted on Facebook this prediction for how the battle against COVID-19 would be lost in Australia.

I was wrong on at least two counts:

  1. I thought that folks in insecure work that involves a lot of indirect contact with others (such as couriers…

… and how to understand what the experts mean when they talk about them.

This story originally appeared as a public post on my Facebook account, where I have written a number of lengthy posts on the topic of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly as viewed from an Australian perspective. …

Robin Darroch

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