Ok. So you’re probably reading this and the city or town you’re in is on some form of lock down. We thought it would be a good idea to help spread some (sane) knowledge about what’s going on and what you/we should be doing.
Let’s start with what the Coronavirus actually is:. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. It is a mutation of SARS and is highly contagious. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you have the below symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include (Keep in mind this is quite rare, and it’s ONLY if you have the below signs that you should be seeking medical attention). More info here.
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
What You Should Be Doing:
You will have head a lot of different information flying around, so we’ve made a list of verified advice.
- As stated above, if you are feeling the general symptoms – stay home and self isolate. Call 111 (In both New Zealand and England – in England it’s the Coronavirus help line and someone will come to you and get you tested).
- Stay home as much as possible, don’t go out to big group gatherings.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Don’t be stupid and over-shop. This isn’t armageddon, you don’t need to bulk-buy toilet paper or canned food. Supermarkets are staying open and you will be fine. What REALLY sucks is when people who can’t afford (or any other reason) to stock up. SO DON’T DO IT.
- Use your better judgement – if you have not been in a place where you could get infected and you are of good health – you don’t need to stay in your bedroom. Just avoid people. So go for walks alone, drives, bike rides etc. Remember your mental health is still important.
- If you HAVE been in a high risk area (like travel, are a health care worker, spend time around the elderly or health compromised- self isolate for 2 weeks. It takes 2 weeks to see symptoms.
- Remember this will hit small business a lot – so try to support them as much as possible. Buy from them online, shop at small grocers.
- If you have to catch public transport – try to do it at times with less people and try to wear gloves.
Here is a good article on what to know in regards to mental health and coronavirus.