There's been a lot of talk during the past week about the availability of information.
Just how much do we need, and just how much should we be getting?
For some what we are getting is good enough.
There are cases of coronavirus in our city and that's all they need to know.
We should be acting like everyone has the virus and be as careful as we can to prevent ourselves from getting it.
Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly, cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow, and practice self isolation and social distancing.
But for other people, this information is nowhere near enough. Why not?
NSW Health changed its reporting this week so that cases are now listed by local government area, so we now know how many cases are in the Dubbo LGA rather than the Western Local Area Health District (WNSWLHD). Also, the information is available to anyone with the click of a button on the health department's website.
But for some people this still isn't enough.
Is it because we can't trust the health department to do what they say they are doing to do to manage this?
Don't we trust that authorities will find us if we need to know about a certain case?
WNSWLHD chief executive Scott McLachlan said this week that anyone in our area who had been in contact with a person with the virus had been contacted. In other words if you haven't heard from the public health team, then you shouldn't be concerned.
Yes the disease is spreading, with more cases in our area each day, but do we really need names and street locations of those people who are suffering from it? That is what is being asked.
If someone with COVID-19 has been to a public area then the public will be notified, but at present in Dubbo this hasn't happened.
Why can't we do the right thing and trust the health department to do their job too?
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