COVID-19: the Australian experience

Kevin McCracken

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This chapter examines various aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia from January to late October 2020. It shows how, by comparison with most other developed nations, the country fared well in terms of both cases and deaths suffered in the disease outbreak. The chapter conveys both an epidemiological perspective on the pandemic and related social, economic, political and behavioural dimensions. Mistakes made and painful lessons learnt from dealing with the outbreak are described. The pandemic still has a considerable way to go in Australia before any return to ‘normal’ life can be anticipated, the chapter concluding with a warning of the dangers of complacency towards the still-present viral threat. The scattered outbreaks of COVID-19 in eastern Australia in early March, 2021 are a relevant reminder of this.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks, environment and human behaviour
Subtitle of host publicationinternational case studies
EditorsRais Akhtar
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783030681203
ISBN (Print)9783030681197
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • COVID-19
  • pandemic
  • lockdown
  • quarantine
  • Long COVID
  • social disadvantage
  • complacency
  • face masks


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