We have put this page up to assist with understanding the Corona Virus and the measures being taken to deal with this crisis and keep people safe.
As you can appreciate, the speed of transmission of this virus means that the way it is being dealt with can change from day to day. In the interests of giving you the most up-to-date information on how the government and medical authorities are handling this pandemic, please click the below link for news and current restrictions.
This virus is transmitted in similar ways to the common cold and influenza - that means it is very easy to catch. All you need to do to get it is touch a surface where the virus has landed, then touch your face. You can also get it by being within striking distance of the tiny microscopic droplets others let out when they sneeze, cough or even talk. The virus lives for hours on sufaces and can stay airbourne for extended periods of time.
Now think about your trip to the shops. Do you really need to go to the shops? (which in the case of supermarkets often means 30 or 40 people are inside the building at one time) Can you schedule shopping trips for when you can get a bunch of goods in the one trip? Right now, the socialising element of turning up at the shops and having a chat with someone you know, can expose you to the risk of transmission of this virus. We ask you to limit unnecessary trips to the shops down to trips that you really need to take. No need for panic buying - just get what you need but schedule it to be done all in the one trip.
When you do go near other people in the course of necessity:
Make sure you enter the shop having cleaned your hands first - soap and water - sanitizer.
Keep your distance from others - no shaking hands, getting close, having long conversations - if you really need to talk to someone, let them know you'll call them on the phone later.
Before you pick something up from the shelves, commit to buying it or otherwise just look at it without touching it.
The petrol bowser - Do you know if someone might have sneezed into their hands and then used the bowser? No. Grab a paper towell and handle the bowser with that. Then as soon as practicable, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
When you get home, washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds is the same as the length of "God Save The Queen" Don't touch yours or anyone else's face until that is done.
You don't want this virus, young or old, and we don't want you to have it either. Stay safe everyone. Follow the directions of the minister and health authorities.
This article might be of interest to some - We cite the authors below:
Zhang and Holmes, A Genomic Perspective on the Origin and Emergence of SARS-CoV-2, Cell (2020), For a Link to the web page, click here
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