The current predicament in Victoria has reminded us all why social distance measures and regulations are important.
Now we have another reason that's a little closer to home.
Confirmation came on Friday that there is someone in Orange with the coronavirus.
The news is sobering, upsetting and worrying not only for the patient but also anyone they have come in contact with over the past couple of weeks.
Of course the medical fraternity and staff at Orange Health Service will be doing all they can to ensure they continue to provide a safe and efficient service.
The fact that the case is linked to a known COVID-19 cluster in Sydney reminds us not only how contagious the virus is but also underlines the need for us not to make contact with people from known hot-spots.
As a result of this latest case, and probably not-before time, we can probably expect to see a few more people wearing masks around town.
With Woolworths requesting shoppers don the masks it's only a matter of time before more retail outlets follow the lead.
The "inconvenience" of not being able to live a "normal" life or the injustice of having to wear a mask are just selfish, individualistic responses from those not able to see the forest for the trees.
These measures are not there simply for the benefit of the average person.
They are here to protect the most vulnerable in our society, the aged, the weak the vulnerable.
Next time you go to complain about not being able to get your coffee without standing in a distanced line, maybe use that time to stop and ponder this while you wait for your Piccolo Latte.
On Wednesday Victoria recorded nine deaths, all within aged care.
Is that the price you are prepared to accept for not wearing a mask or for not social distancing.
Can you "live" with that?
Everyone has a responsibility to protect those in our community who need it most.
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