With the coronavirus pandemic now in full swing, we're receiving so much information about what…
For the last couple of weeks, the dreaded coronavirus has been impossible to ignore in the news. From sporting events being called off to Tom Hanks being hospitalised, it seems to affect every part of our lives.
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) March 12, 2020
While the government and medical officials have been keeping Australians up to date with the important details of this crisis, there is still a great deal of fake news flying around on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere.
The truth about coronavirus is fairly simple and all Australians should take care with their health without being alarmed.
Coronavirus or more specifically, COVID-19, is a family of viruses causing illness to varying degrees. For some, symptoms are no worse than a common cold. For others, it can cause pneumonia or even death.
That the effects of the virus are so varied explains the numerous opposing views. Some people are acting totally blasé about the spread of COVID-19 and are taking no steps to help prevent the spread. Others have overreacted significantly by stockpiling trolley loads of toilet paper and hand sanitizer in supermarkets.
We’ve implemented a 4 packet limit on toilet paper to ensure more customers can access stock. The vast majority of products in our range remain available & we're working hard with our suppliers to ramp up production & deliveries to restock shelves ASAP.https://t.co/1TUo2cwc41
— Woolworths (@woolworths) March 3, 2020
It is good to be vigilant about preparing to be struck down by the virus. People who test positive or have come into close contact with a positive case must self-isolate for 14 days.
Unfortunately, depriving supermarket shelves of essentials deprives the most needy people from accessing these things.
Elderly people, people with pre-existing conditions and weakened immune systems are most at risk of falling victim to the virus.
There are special groups of people in our community who do not have the ability to shop on a regular basis, & when they do, they really need the essentials, like toilet paper to be available. Yes, stock up on 2 weeks worth of essentials, but not 3 or 4 months. #bekind pic.twitter.com/bjBNTiYapX
— Foodbank Australia (@FoodbankAus) March 4, 2020
These are the groups for whom protective measures are being put in place. As of this Monday, 16 March, all mass gatherings of more than 500 people are cancelled.
This is just one way of limiting the spread of infection. In our day to day lives however, the basics remain the same. Wash your hands, avoid touching your face and sneeze into the crease of your elbow.
No one knows how much longer the coronavirus pandemic will last but we all need to pitch in and do what we can to assist the most vulnerable groups from being infected.
If everyone follows the health warnings and all government advice, there’s no need to start planning for the apocalypse.