We need to accept that a vaccine for COVID-19 is a long way off and start thinking about how to manage the crisis in the meantime.
Despite hand-wringing and dire predictions, patients have expressed the immense relief of having the option of voluntary assisted dying, even if they never choose to use it.
Despite dire warnings, doctors have kept blithely handing out scripts for opiates to vulnerable and addicted patients. Those days may be in the past.
Telehealth is changing the way doctors care for their patients. And while it'll never replace face-to-face consultations entirely, it's still an incredibly useful tool.
Our mental health services have long been underfunded and sub-standard. We need to do more than slap a few bandaids on once COVID-19 is over.
As people dream of an end to lockdowns, it's wise to remember that Australia has been the lucky country — and our luck may run out.
By the time the coronavirus lockdown is over, telehealth services will be well and truly embedded in our health care system. And that might not be such a bad thing.