Updated: Mar 24
As the number of affected with covid-19 continues to spiral upwards, Victoria announced a comprehensive shutdown of non-essential services. However, as we would all run out of food and essential items, what can we do on our part to avoid contracting the virus? Here's a few reminders on practices that we should continue to upkeep even though we would be indoors most of the time. Remember, a little goes a long way!
The Australian Government has recently implemented mandatory social distancing. With this implementation, indoor gatherings above 100 people and outdoor gatherings above 500 are not permitted. Everyone is also expected to keep a 1.5m space between one another in public spaces. This reduces the breathing space that is shared between individuals, reducing the exposure in the event that one might be a carrier of the virus. Although social distancing is not a foolproof method to prevent the contraction of the virus, it definitely reduces your chances of catching the spread. So I guess it's a goodbye to handshakes, hugs, and kisses. The graphic below accurately depicts the effectiveness of social distancing.
MAINTAIN GOOD PERSONAL HYGIENE
Personal hygiene plays an important role in preventing the contraction of the virus. Ensure that you are washing your hands thoroughly and with high regularity. It also would not hurt to take an extra shower every day. As washrooms may not always be close by when you are out and about (although not so often anymore), it would be good to carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer around with you. It is also highly recommended that you refrain from touching any mucus membranes, such as your eyes, nose, and mouth. During this period, avoid sharing food and drinks as much as you can to prevent the potential spread of the virus. Lastly, clean your valuables such as your phone, laptop, watches and etc. with an antibacterial wet wipe as these items actually carry more germs than we think.
KEEP THAT IMMUNITY UP
Ensuring your immunity is strong and that you're in the best of health can help in lowering your susceptibility to contracting the virus. That means eating proper meals, taking vitamins, getting sufficient rest, as well as drinking loads of water. It is also helpful to be stocked up on any medication that you might need, particularly if you have pre-existing health conditions. These little measures are often overlooked in our busy daily lives, so what better time to start implementing some good healthy lifestyle habits than now?
IF YOU'RE FEELING UNWELL...
We know that prevention is always better than cure. However, it may not always be full-proof and cannot guarantee that one will not catch the virus. Hence, it is important to stay prepared for the possibility of catching the virus. The usual symptoms of the virus are runny nose, sore throat, dry cough, shortness of breath and fever. Symptoms take anywhere between 1 to 14 days to appear. However, it is also possible to be a carrier of the virus without showing any symptoms. If you feel ill and suspect that you have the virus you should self-isolate immediately for a minimum of 7 days to monitor your symptoms and prevent further spread of the virus. Even if you don't have any of the symptoms but you have been in contact with someone who was a confirmed case, you should self-isolate immediately for 14 days.
Note: SOV does not represent MFA, and we do not act solely on behalf of the Singapore government.
by SHAHNEEZAR • edited by KIMBERLY PANG
I am currently in my final year of university and have been living in Melbourne since 2016. As an editor for SOV, I look forward to exploring my creativity through writing whilst adding value to the experiences of fellow Singaporeans in Melbourne. Some of my hobbies include singing and photography.