At the moment it feels like Australians are locked in a debate about what they think is the right thing to do when it comes to combating the coronavirus pandemic.
The main question at hand, should Australia go into a complete lockdown? This comes as the number of positive coronavirus cases in NSW has jumped above 1000 today.
At the moment we are being told to self-isolate where possible and maintain social distancing, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison choosing to close down non-essential services rather than place everyone into a complete shut down.
We also saw further restrictions and rules introduced last night during a press conference, with Australians told people can’t have any guests at weddings, no more than 10 people at funerals and that we shouldn’t be holding gatherings at our homes.
While some people are in support of this decision, there are others that think we are just putting off the inevitable and that we should go into lockdown like other countries have already done.
A full lockdown would mean that everyone would need to stay inside all day, everyday with the trips only made outside the home to buy necessary items, perform one form of exercise a day, seek medical help or to travel to and from work if you can’t work from home.
So what do you think? Kyle and Jackie O opened up the question to their listeners following news that the UK had decided to go into lockdown. Should we be doing the same?
“Everyone seems to be doing the half-arsed shutdown like what we’ve done, and then like a week or two weeks later when the sh*t really hits the fan, then they lock us all down hardcore,” Kyle said.
“Should we lockdown further now? I’m wondering maybe we should.”
“I wouldn’t mind opening the lines on this,” Jackie added.
“I just wondered, what would people rather? Would they rather this be drawn out for six months or would you rather a full, kind of old fashioned method of just everyone stays inside for a period of time and you attempt to eradicate it in this country?”
We opened up the line to our listeners to give us their opinion and we had numerous people from all walks of life call through and tell us what they think. And we did have calls from people supporting both sides of the argument during this snap poll.
“Full lockdown immediately,” said one listener. “We have to do it for our nation and for the older generation. we have to do it now, we have to do it today.”
“I’m happy to do it as well.. I just think let’s do it and get it over and done with,” added our own Jackie O.
“I think for the health of people overall it’s something that we need to do,” said another one of our listeners, who said that she is a psychologist.
On the other hand, one caller told us, “No. Not at all”, based on the affect a lockdown could have on the economy.
“No lockdown. Our economy can’t afford us to go into lockdown. Have you seen the lines on CentreLink for people that are now losing their jobs? It’s just, no way,” she said.
Overall, about 98% of our callers during this segment told us that they thought we should go into a complete lockdown in Australia.