In the mid-80s, I wrote an article in which I said American gays, at least younger ones, had worked through their self-hatred in the post-Stonewall 70s but that internalised homophobia had come back with the Aids stigma in the 1980s. We knew we were a hated community; relatives wouldn’t let us hold their babies. Eventually the viral nature of the disease became known and we discovered the only two significant modes of transmission were blood and semen, but in the early days people feared physical contact, mosquitoes, kisses, coughs. Actually, coronavirus is much more easily communicated than Aids ever was. … [Read more...] about Fear, bigotry and misinformation – this reminds me of the 1980s Aids pandemic
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ABC health reporter Dr Norman Swan said today: 'If we had an unlimited number of surgical masks, it probably would make a difference wearing them in public because it would stop the asymptomatic people spreading the virus to others.' … [Read more...] about From a gradual wind back of restrictions to mandatory face masks and certificates proving immunity: What will the end of lockdown look like as Australia moves into ‘phase two’ of LIVING upto 18 months with the virus?
Unemployment was at a 45-year high last year. Industrial output from the eight core sectors at the end of last year fell by 5.2% - the worst in 14 years. Small businesses had only just begun to recover from the controversial 2016 currency ban that came as a body blow to the cash-consuming informal economy. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: India’s bailout may not be enough to save economy