With us all self isolating it is easy to feel helpless when there is so much uncertainty. However, there are ways that you can help individuals and your community during this time.
We have banded together just months ago when we were going through the bush fires, now, we need to come together by staying away.
“We must push countries, all of us to fight as hard as they can to suppress this Coronavirus. By doing so, you are saving lives. By doing so you’re buying more time for your hospitals to prepare. So do everything you can to be as aggressive as you can…”
– Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO infectious disease epidemiologist
Here is what you can do to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and help protect yourself and help others around you.
To avoid unnecessary social contact, we have been asked to stay inside to protect not only yourself, but for others safety. Health care workers are working overtime and putting themselves at risk. The hospitals are getting overrun, before you step outside, think of them, as well as yourself.
– Do not go to public places unless necessary.
– Do not let visitors in — only people who usually live with you should be in your home.
– Wear a mask if you have to go out (for example to seek medical attention).
– Stay in touch with friends and family over the phone and online. Remember, everyone is in the same situation.
Good hygiene practices
The coronavirus can live on surfaces for 4-5 days which is why we need to practice good hygiene to help stop the spread.
– Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based rub
– Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
– Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue. If you do in your hand, wash your hands immediately or use hand sanitizer.
– Dispose of tissues properly.
– Washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet for at least 20 seconds.
– Clean and disinfect surfaces.
– Avoid any handshakes or physical contact with people.
– If you are sick, avoid contact with others and stay more than 1.5 metres away from people.
– Clean and sanitise frequently used objects such as mobiles, keys and wallets
When you do need to go out for the essentials, it is crucial to remember to stay more than 1.5 metres away from people. Social distancing yourself can slow the spread of the virus and has been proven in the past.
By adhering to this when you go out, this will reduce the probability of contact between person to person and therefore slowing down the spread. It can be an uncomfortable and inconvenient, but we need to learn to think about the collective, rather than just the individual.
Now, more than ever we need to band together, spread kindness and help people most in need such as the eldery or most vulnerable. The Cancer Council has a great initiative which you can print out and deliver to your neighbours. This is a great way to reach people in isolation and may need our support.
Be safe, be smart and stay informed by keeping up with the advice on the World Health Organisation and be kind and support one another. We are all in this together, and we all need to do our part.