In space no-one can hear you wheeze

In 2022, despite high vaccination rates, COVID-19 remained inescapable – both metaphorically and literally. In January the Omicron variant raged across the eastern states and eventually into the west. Australians became accustomed to case numbers that, just a year earlier, would have been described as astronomical. 

The surge of cases saw thousands of people forced into isolation, causing supply chain disruptions. And a shortage of rapid antigen tests only made things worse. Despite this, mask mandates and other public health measures were swept away.  

A winter wave of Omicron subvariants destroyed any illusions of herd immunity emerging as a long-term solution. Meanwhile, Australians were being encouraged to get their third and fourth doses of the COVID vaccine. 

Space Invaders

Glen Le Lievre, The Australian Financial Review,

The Mask

Megan Herbert, self-published,


Jules Faber, self-published,

Camp of the Sovereign Bench

David Pope, The Canberra Times,

Summer Picnic

Meg O'Shea, self-published,

Free Range West Australians

Greg 'Smithy' Smith, The Sunday Times (Perth),

Domicron's Test Shop

Cathy Wilcox, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age,

Negative Rat

Chris Downes, The Mercury (Hobart),


Andrew Dyson, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age,

Let's Give This Another Spin

Gorkie, Crikey,

Into the COVIDverse

Chris Downes, The Mercury (Hobart),

COVID 2022 Help Help

First Dog on the Moon, The Guardian Australia,