Safety Not In Numbers

I’m late today…Things have been kind of hectic.

Alright, so a lot of things are closed now; casinos, gyms, movie theaters, even churches. You can’t even dine in at food places anymore—At least you can do takeaways. Gatherings of more than 100 people are banned though you can get away with up to 500 outdoors but you have to stay 1.5 meters away from anyone so that’s a lot of outdoor space you’ll need. It’s just my opinion but, honestly, quarantine is your best bet to get through this without getting sick. I know there’s that thing called social distancing but it can only protect you so much since you’ll still be exposed to others, even if indirectly.

Quarantine isn’t just for your own protection, it’s also to protect others in case you’ve come into contact with the virus and may not know it yet. Please follow the 14-day self-isolation guidelines if you have gone out of the country and seek immediate help if you display symptoms of the coronavirus (fever, a cough, sore throat, tiredness/shortness of breath). If you think you may have coronavirus, please call your doctor before you visit so that they can be prepared to take care of you and protect themselves and other patients.

For those living with you, they do not need to be isolated unless they’ve also been outside the country since March 15th, 2020 or think they may have been in contact with someone with the virus. If anyone in your house becomes sick, then everyone in the house will need to be isolated.

There are plenty of things to do while in quarantine though. There’s the boring clean your house or you can do those hobbies you’ve been holding off on lately. Most jobs behind a desk can be done from home, so contact your employer if you’re afraid of getting behind on work—This also applies to school work. You can also check out seminars or online talks; I believe some churches are beginning to hold their weekly meetings over video calls and things like that. And just because you’re quarantined to your home doesn’t mean you can’t go out into your yard for exercise or just for some fresh air. If you need food or toiletries or anything that you don’t already have in your home, you can ask someone who isn’t under quarantine to get it for you; your other option is to order it and have it delivered to your home. You don’t even have to have contact with the delivery person if you arrange to have them just set it on your porch.

Isolation is surprisingly easy. A surprising amount of life can be done just from the comfort of your home. For some, the lack of socializing might be difficult, but there are ways around it. Please, just take your safety as well as the safety of others seriously.

Information: Australian Government: https://www.australia.gov.au/index

Australian Government Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-isolation-guidance

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