On Saturday, February 7, 2009, a series of bushfires blazed across the state of Victoria, killing several dozen people and amounting to billions of dollars in damages. Black Saturday is remembered as one of Australia's worst bushfires.
The 2019-2020 Australian bushfire season proved to be unprecedented in many ways. Beginning before the official arrival of spring, in June, and worsening significantly from Sept. 2019 on to mid-January 2020.
From the zoonotic origin of the disease to its widespread impact in all sectors, the COVID-19 pandemic illustrates the systemic nature of risk, calling for a whole of society approach to mitigate and respond.