Coronavirus (COVID-19): Let us stay ALERT, not ANXIOUS, during the pandemic

Blog Title: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Let us stay ALERT and NOT ANXIOUS

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has now been officially labeled a PANDEMIC.

This is a serious matter and we believe it's the case where everyone needs to do their part to successfully combat this disease.

What is Coronavirus:

“Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.”
WHO - Coronavirus
If you are young and healthy, you might think that you might not be in so much danger…
But you could be putting the elderly, people with serious chronic condition or are immunocompromised in some serious danger.

What should we do?

1. Wash your hands frequently (and properly!)

The number one way to clean your hands is to wash them properly (see the video below on how) with soap and water. You can also keep alcohol based hand sanitisers with you in case you don't have access to soap and water. Please make sure you learn the difference and how to use each method.WHO - how to wash your hands
WHO Technique of hand-washing:

2. Maintain social distancing

But this doesn’t mean social isolation! We are lucky to live in the 21st century where the internet is a prevalent thing. Apps like facetime, Whatsapp, Skype, Zoom, etc is widely used – so consider moving to these virtual platforms for your next catch up with your friends. If you have plans to go to any events where there will be large crowds, please seriously consider cancelling or postponing it.
Many workplaces have also adopted remote working arrangements (work from home). Tune in for a future post on how to navigate around this.

3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth as well as commonly touched surfaces

You may be able to use your elbows and/or hips instead to push doors, etc.

4. Practise respiratory hygiene & educate your children on proper hygiene practices.

This is not only good for right now, but also a great life skill for them to have.

5. If you have a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, seek medical help

And please stay at home. Even if your illness is not the current COVID-19, we don't want to spread any other illnesses either. If a person with COVID-19 is also infected with another illness, their situation will become more complicated.

6. Get QUALITY information

Only trust information from verified health professional sources like WHO, CDC and your local health authorities – not celebrities / popular websites.
Be careful, there are a lot of false information out there currently. Do not trust the numbers that’s been thrown around too easily – many factors can impact these numbers, like how there isn’t enough testing kits in some parts of the world (even the USA!) and other factors that may affect mortality rates (like poor lung health in Wuhan, China). This means the data on number of people infected is totally inaccurate which in turn means numbers like mortality rate, etc is not accurate either.

7. DO NOT PANIC: stay alert, not anxious.

Here in Australia, we’ve recently seen the toilet paper phenomenon. There is no need to panic. It is smart to stock up on a little bit more long-life food and necessities, but please do not overdo it.
Personally, we’ve got a box of supplies that could feed us for around 30 days here in our home, just in case of a lock-down situation.

Will I get infected from ordering items online?

According to the World Health Organization, it is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).
- NSW Government Health: COVID-19 - Frequently Asked Questions
Bebitza’s current stock is held in our warehouse in Western Australia. We have a very limited number of person(s) working there and taking all precautions possible. While we cannot guarantee contamination during transit, the risk of our items as it is coming out of our warehouse to be contaminated is quite low.

Conclusion

Let’s protect ourselves and others from getting sick.
Let’s all do our part in at least slowing down the spread of the COVID-19.

Together, we will get through this!

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