COVID-19 – Be Mindful, Considerate and Wash Your Hands!

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I don’t know about you but I have been pretty shocked at seeing empty shelves in the shops. I have also felt sad seeing people behaving inappropriately during this pandemic.

We need to be mindful that during this crazy time people may be feeling more anxious, fearful and isolated which can have a massive impact on their mental health. This is the time we need to be kind to one another and look out for each other. Try and stay calm, don’t read into all of the media hype, follow the advice of the World Health Organisation and take one day at a time.

We also need to be mindful of how we share information with our children. It is important to reassure them rather than worry them. Here are some tips on how to talk to your children about the COVID-19:

  • Talk to your children in an age-appropriate manner.
  • Answer your child’s questions honestly.
  • Ask your child what they know about COVID-19 and how they are feeling. Follow their lead.
  • Manage your own anxiety before speaking to your children as they need to be reassured it is okay.
  • Talk to them about safety precautions to protect themselves and others.

What is COVID-19 and how can we protect ourselves?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus.

As of the 17th March 2020, the World Health Organisation have stated that across the world there are 174,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 6,800 deaths. In Australia, there are 375 confirmed cases with 5 of these resulting in death.(Information is taken from the Australian Government – Department of Health)

You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:

  • Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you don’t have access to soap and water use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Keep your surfaces and home clean.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
  • Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid travelling to places – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.
  • Keep Hydrated.
  • Eat Healthy to Boost your Immune System – Use herbs and spices such as ginger, turmeric, garlic, mint and parsley. Be creative with your cooking to use what you have in the veggie garden, fridge and cupboards.
  • Open Windows and let fresh air inside.
  • Keep Active. This can be done indoors or outdoors.
    (Some information is taken from the World Health Organisation Website)

Keep Smiling and Stay Healthy xx

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