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Rebecca Peppiatt
Echo News journalist Rebecca Peppiatt shares her COVID experience.

COVID hits Echo News

AS I come to the tail end of my brush with death, I can’t help but think about COVID in a very different way to what I did two years ago.

I’m joking, of course, about the death part.

I am double vaccinated and with no underlying health conditions, which may be why my experience of suffering with COVID has been mild.

A slight fever, a cough and a cold, some lethargy and losing the function of my taste buds have been the only symptoms I have had.

Mind you, I am now on day seven of being host to the plague and it is still lingering like a drunk, uninvited guest at a party.

“Just leave, already!”

As the numbers of infected people in WA rise daily, in turn the mass hysteria and anxiety surrounding contracting the virus has dramatically reduced.

Two years ago we were literally fearing for our lives at the thought of catching what was thought to be a deadly disease.

So when it finally caught up with me a week ago, it was such a non-event, I was kind of disappointed.

But I know I am one of the lucky ones.

Apart from the people who end up on ventilators and in hospital, there are still many people who have been knocked off their feet by COVID and unable to go about their normal lives.

And the impacts locally are devastating.

Shops are closing everywhere and small businesses are struggling to get by with skeleton staff and not just because their work force is off sick or in isolation but because some of them have chosen not to be vaccinated at all and therefore had to cease employment altogether.

Although I chose to get myself and my children vaccinated, I respect and empathise with those that felt they were pressured into it, or that chose not to and have therefore had to leave jobs they loved and careers they were thriving in, just because the state government said so.

And I feel like these mandates have served their purpose in pushing the majority of us to get jabbed and now they’re just outdated and unnecessary.

Actually, it’s more than that.

They’re also highly impactful and harmful to people’s livelihoods, their mental health and the wider community as a whole.

Small businesses are struggling as it is with people being off sick and forced into seven days of isolation whether they’re unwell or not, but the retention of these draconian mandates is stopping healthy, functioning adults from working and local businesses from thriving.

Isn’t it time we started looking at COVID from a less fearful perspective and put the onus back onto individuals to do the right thing so local businesses can have the best chance at thriving in what is already an incredibly difficult time?

Comment by Rebecca Peppiatt

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