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As cases surge in European countries, the existential dread is gone in Australia

A million little things hammer home the differences between Australia and much of the world right now but none more than the phrase “back during Covid”.

I’ve heard several friends say this or something similar since getting here in mid-January and every time it’s stopped me in my tracks.

Not because they’re naive to the continued risk or ignorant of what’s going on in the UK, US, Europe and so many other places right now, but because in a way it’s true.

For many Australians, particularly in my home state of Queensland, the pandemic – in the deadly, life-altering way

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