One of the benefits of living in regional communities, such as Rockhampton, Mount Morgan and the Capricorn Coast, is the significantly lower amount of people movement. With the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down entire countries such as Italy, it’s inevitable the effect of this virus will be felt across the globe for some time to come. We’re banking on Central Queenslanders doing what they do best during disasters, and that’s coming out of them in triumph!
There’s also a few “refreshing” things that’s been highlighted throughout this ordeal and that’s the education and awareness of how important personal hygiene is. It’s not a new phenomenon but we’ve certainly seen an increase in people using hand sanitisers.
VIDEO: Dr Chris and Dr Xand are finding out what happens if you don’t wash your hands in this investigation Ouch clip.
Keep your distance
One way to slow the spread of viruses, such as coronavirus, is social distancing (also called physical distancing). The more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.
Social distancing in public means people:
- stay at home and only go out if it is absolutely essential
- keep 1.5 metres away from others
- avoid physical greetings such as handshaking, hugs and kisses
- use tap and go instead of cash
- travel at quiet times and avoid crowds
- avoid public gatherings and at risk groups like older people
According to the Australian Government’s Department of Health “Good personal hygiene is one of the best ways to protect yourself from getting illnesses such as gastroenteritis and the common cold. Washing your hands with soap removes germs that can make you ill. Maintaining good personal hygiene will also help prevent you from spreading diseases to other people.”
Our friends at Queensland Health have also put together this excellent “Time Out” poster which is a must read for anyone who cares or works with children. (Click the below thumbnail to view the full document)