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During the Covid-19 lockdown: Encounter Bay

During these  days of the Covid-19 lockdown I often see solitary  figures  walking along the  Encounter Bay beach before sunrise. People are  out and about walking from about an hour before sunrise, which in late autumn is  around 7am Central Australian time.  

These early morning walkers  do keep to the social distancing measures when they meet others during what is known as the “recovery period”--the  easing of the lockdown measures. these are  now being  coded as a "snap back" to economic growth with a publicly subsidised gas-led recovery.    Business-as-usual. 

 This concern with ensuring social distancing  is in contrast  to  many in the local shopping centres during the day who act as if the pandemic  is all over,  and that life is now back to normal. They assume that  because the infections are going down, then the pandemic  is over. They do not act as if there is a possibility of  a second wave coming due to increasing community transmission of the virus from the easing of the lockdown restrictions to 'get the economy moving' and people back in work. It appears that people's resolve to keep to social distancing outside the home is weakening.

There appears to be little awareness of  just how  contagious   SARS-CoV-2 is,  or how the virus  has plunged the world into a mega-crisis the likes of which we have not seen in since the Spanish flu in 1918. Even though population immunity to the virus is very low and the vaccine a long way off, it appears that many people  are potentially blind, or indifferent  to,  what could occur if there is a resurgence in the virus as  lockdown measures are increasingly  lifted.

The epidemiological reality is that around 85% to 90% of the population is still susceptible,  the virus is amongst  us, circulating much more than in January and February. What is certain is that  we will not go back to where we were when the Covid-19 pandemic started. Though it  is uncertain  what the future will be like, we do know that without a vaccine it will  be a slow recovery. Meanwhile conspiracies circulate on social media. 

If the outlook is an uncertain  one, then the early signs for  the  photographic  industry are not good: the industry is in a downward spiral. Photographic businesses have closed, the fall off in sales of new digital cameras is  dramatic,  camera manufacturers are retrenching,  and film photographers are limited to  photographing locally.  Will it recover, albeit  slowly?