The real coronavirus war is only just beginning – and we’re woefully unprepared

Dr David Berger

In early March 2020, I published an article in the Guardian, warning of the dangers of COVID-19 coming to remote communities, describing it as the ‘phoney war’ — that period of quiet before shots are fired, the “time of eerie silence when everything looks and feels as it always has, but the prescient know that mayhem looms just around the corner”.

In the end, it took longer than many of us thought. We even had a period where we thought we might escape completely.