Is self-isolating enough?

Coronavirus cases here in Australia are still relatively low, though they say our trajectory is still inline with those of other countries like Italy that didn’t react early and saw numbers grow exponentially; 33 percent growth day-upon-day. Our reliance upon self-isolation is unavoidable, however it also relies upon individuals not being selfish in their isolation, or whilst waiting for outcomes of their tests.

Here, we had one individual waiting for outcomes of her tests told to self-isolate yet failed to do so, instead heading to a restaurant then later the WA Symphony Orchestra performance with hundreds of other people. This morning, I read on Twitter of Queensland man awaiting results, then flying to Wellington, New Zealand whereupon he received news he too was positive and required to self-isolate.

So, is self-isolation in itself enough? In the case of the Queensland man I wonder would placing a travel ban on those who undergo testing seem fair? I think so. If the selfish seem incapable of doing the right thing, removing choice by adding something to Customs that prevents travel during self-isolation period. Most we know will do the right thing, however for those that will not, I think its appropriate to put in-place processes to curtail their selfishness.

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