COVID-19 could spread in Aus from unlikely sources
Iran has become the latest epicentre for coronavirus in part because of the Fatima Masumeh Shrine which draws pilgrims from around the world. But what about Australia? Do we have similar, drawing tens of thousands to touch an icon, albeit non-religious?
Poker machines are found in all States. For example, NSW alone has 100,500 machines in clubs, pubs, and casinos. The buttons on each machine are touched by scores of people throughout the day. It would be a safe bet that players, intent on winning, do not wash their hands before and after touching the machine.
Australia has more poker machines per person than any other country on Earth. It would be fair to say they are an Aussie icon.
If this corona scourge ever makes its way into the gaming rooms from tourists having a little flutter, players could find bigger odds than just losing a few dollars.