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Covid-19

This article is curated to hopefully help shine some light on the virus, its symptoms and what you can do to help yourself and those diagnosed with Covid-19. It has been a scary start of the year due to the current pandemic we are facing(plus other present issues). For some it has been a sad year with over 400,000 deaths world wide. The virus Covid-19 is a strain of coronavirus which attacks the respiratory system and is known to have symptoms of fever, coughing, a sore throat and shortness of breath.  

It is unclear where and how the virus originated from but is believed to have been contracted from a mammal in the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, the most popular beliefs being bats or pangolins. From the first cluster in China's province to almost every country in the world, apart from 12 countries who have reported zero cases.

Although we are believed to be on the come down of the virus it is important for all of us to keep good hygiene procedures in place to prevent a relapse. Other countries are still struggling drastically.

Symptoms 

Below is a list of some common and not so common and serious symptoms that have been seen on those with the virus all over the world. If you have any of the below symptoms contact your doctor, but make sure you call before you visit your health facility. Most cases recover without hospitalisation. Seek immediate help if symptoms are severe.

Most common symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Tiredness

Less common symptoms:

  • Aches and pains
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhoea
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • A rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes

Serious symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Loss of speech or movement

On average it takes 5-6 days for symptoms to show from the date infected, but can take up to 14 days.

Prevention 

This virus effects us all and it is important that we do our part to prevent any further spread or relapse. It is important to retain good personal hygiene at all times. Below is a list of ways you can prevent the spread of Covid-19.

  • Clean your hands often. Use soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Maintain a safe distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention. Call in advance.
  • Follow the directions of your local health authority.

How to help

Educate

During this time it is important for us to all stick together as the virus effects everyone all over the world. We can make the most difference collectively and the first thing we can do is make sure we are all educated properly. There is a lot of misinformation going on and it is important to make sure we, our friends  family are informed with facts. You can take this short quiz to check your knowledge on Covid-19 HERE. Make sure if you see anyone spreading misinformation that you politely correct them, it might be useful to save some resources on your phone from reputable sources for further convincing.

Hygiene

One of the most important thing we can do is practice good personnel hygiene in prevention of spreading any viruses, especially Covid-19. To help with your hand washing technique and to realise that Rihanna is actually saying words(mostly) we have made this chart.

Support

Things are tough for everyone and it is important that we can support each other in any way necessary. We can support our friends and family verbally by checking in every so often to see how they are doing. Although people may seem like they are doing fine, you will find if you ask they might not be.

We can also help physically whether it be grabbing some extra groceries for a loved one or running down the street for a prescription, ect. Find out what you can do to help their situation.

A big impact Covid-19 has had is on mental health, especially those that have been quarantined alone without human interaction or those who already suffer of respiratory problems. We can help by doing something to make someone smile in order to lift spirits. You can send someone memes or funny tik toks, even better you can make some yourself. Nothing is funnier than watching a friend embarrass themselves especially on the internet. 

Due the to virus most economies have taken a dip, businesses along with it and especially small businesses. It is important that we show support in the community, look at where you can spend your money locally before you look anywhere else. There are many businesses that are really struggling to get by and they need your support more than ever.

Stay up to date

Lastly its important that we stay up to date with what's going on and learn of any new breakthroughs so we can best prepare our selves on how to go about our days as a lot of things are bound to change.

 

Mental Health

2020 has been a tough year for everybody so far and an event like this can have a huge effect on our mental health. Even if you consider yourself strong or independent it is never not okay to seek help from others, whether it be a therapist, your family/friends, ect. It is also important for you to check up on your friends or family but generally anyone you think might need some help even if you don't know them well. We are all in this together and it is important we stick together! Below are multiple links that have been compiled to help mental health during these times.

 

HelpLine Directory                                                        BetterHelp                                   Mental Health Resources

Donate

Below is a curated list of organisations in fighting against the effects of Covid-19 that you can donate too so we can try to do our part. 

World Vision

World vision has grave concerns for the children and their families they work with around the world. Already struggling to access clean water and often going hungry, healthcare is unlikely to be available or affordable if these children fall sick. It’s not hard to imagine the suffering this pandemic could cause for the world’s most vulnerable children. That’s why World Vision has launched its largest ever emergency response – and are asking for your support right now.

You can donate HERE

 

UNHCR

Their primary goal is to ensure that refugees are included in the national COVID-19 surveillance, preparedness and response activities. UNHCR’s preparedness measures will protect refugees, displaced people and their host communities before, during and after this global health emergency.

You can donate HERE

 

The Smith Family

The Smith Family is a national, independent children's charity helping disadvantaged Australians to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves. The sudden, catastrophic loss of income is something more and more families are experiencing as we face the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic – and the impact on children’s learning can be far-reaching.

You can donate HERE

 

Caritas Australia

The COVID-19 pandemic has spread globally and its impact is amplified for those who are in communities already vulnerable to poverty, malnutrition and without access to adequate health care. According to the World Health Organisation, only 1 in 4 people in low-income countries have handwashing facilities with soap and water at home. Caritas Australia is already on the ground, working with local partners to quickly assist those at greatest risk. We are perfectly placed to deliver lifesaving hygiene messages, clean water, soap and health supplies to those in immediate need.

You can donate HERE

 

Unicef

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, UNICEF teams around the world and here in Australia are urgently working to keep communities safe, strengthen fragile health systems, and share critical public health messages.

You can donate HERE

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