It’s no secret, Australians (and the world) are in a panic over the latest virus outbreak, Coronavirus (Covid-19) which has already killed and infected hundreds of people globally.
A coronavirus is a group of RNA viruses that cause a variety of disease in animals and humans. The new coronavirus (Covid-19) enters the lungs causing viral pneumonia amongst other symptoms.
Panic buying has set in vastly due to the media coverage announcing the potential for lockdown of public areas as world wide shortages of basic household goods such as toilet paper and soap start to become a reality.
I went to the supermarket yesterday to pick up a few necessities and was shocked to see trolleys laden with multiple packets of soap, pasta, tissues, canned fruits, flour etc. Is this really happening? I was shocked and started to get a little panicked myself. I thought us Australian’s were supposed to stick together in times of crisis not beat each other up in the isles of a grocery store fighting over packets of toilet paper? I managed to pick up a couple of items before rushing back to the germ free safety of my car with my potentially germ ridden shopping bag and products.
Upon arrival to my home, I quickly expelled the disinfectant wipes and for the first time in my history of shopping wiped down every item touched and purchased in the store. This included my handbag, mobile phone and keys.
TOP 11 WAYS TO PROTECT AND AVOID CONTACT AGAINST CORONA VIRUS
- Maintain social distancing to avoid the potential transfer of the virus from coughing or sneezing.
- Fist pump instead of shaking hands.
- Wash hands frequently to kill potential germs you may have come into contact with.
- Avoid touching face, nose, eyes and mouth to avoid germ transfer from your hands into your body.
- If you’re feeling unwell wear a mask in public and seek medical advice.
- The virus is not heat resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees.
- If someone sneezes with the virus it takes around 10 feet before it drops to the floor. If the droplets land on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 + hours so be sure to wash your hands when in contact with metal.
- On fabric the virus can survive for 6-12 hours. Laundering clothes will kill the virus.
- Drink plenty of water. The virus will first infect the throat before moving into the lungs causing pneumonia.
- Carry latex gloves to do things like fill up with fuel to avoid touching the pump.
- Keep a bottle of sanitizer at each entrance of your home and in your car or handbag. Get into the practice of sanitising after coming into contact with anything or anyone.
Information from Dr. James Rob and other online resources.
To ensure safe travel around the world in the coming months it is advisable to check with your local Government for Worldwide Travel bans.
Let’s keep in mind the potential stress and anxiety this will cause individuals and communities. It’s time to stand together as we all face this challenge, not fight over a material luxury such as toilet paper.