Signs are promising that the worst fears regarding the health consequences of Covid-19 won't be borne out here. Swift measures in New Zealand and Australia – two isolated countries with relatively small populations – appear to be holding back the disease in both countries.
So long as we retain real focus on the border, enhance our testing and tracing activity, and retain careful practices around hand-washing and keeping a distance, we can increasingly turn our attention to addressing the wider consequences of the virus – the huge impact on jobs, livelihoods and general wellbeing.
The key to that is getting out of lockdown as quickly as we safely can.
We should not be bold and swift going into lockdown, but then ultra-cautious and hesitant coming out.
Every day that the talents and energies of Kiwis are not being put to use, every day that most hospital beds are empty and normal health and education activities are not carried out, we are paying a heavy price.