Corona Virus is all the talk
News networks, Social Media, Word of Mouth all screaming “We better stock up on toilet paper” is insane. our society doesn’t need this panic and stocking of paper resources. Our supermarket shelves are empty but thats no reason to worry.
While it is true that a lot of manufacturers are producing products out of China and/or using supplies/ingredients from China I don’t believe that Australia will have any worries. There are several companies located in Australia, New South Wales even that produce their product locally and source their pulp from our neighbouring Ally, New Zealand!
Any export/import problems with China in the months to come will be solved by Supermarkets looking at alternative suppliers.
While New Zealand has been a long term ally to Australia they are more important than ever before. Who would have thought that NZ would be our major allies in 2020 supplying us with the classic bog roll.
However, As of March 2nd, 2020 there have been 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19, in Australia. Around the world, COVID-19 has infected more than 88,000 and killed almost 3,000 people.
There is evidence that the virus spreads from person-to-person, and is most likely spread through:
- close contact with an infectious person
- contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze
- touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face
So what should we do to avoid the virus spreading, and how should we clean and disinfect spaces where an ill individual may have been?
Everyone now needs to observe the proper practices for avoiding contact with viruses. These are:
- Wash your hands often,
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when you can’t wash your hands,
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands
- Avoid close contact with others, such as touching,
- Keep your distance from those who are ill (1 metre from anyone coughing or sneezing), and
- Stay home if you feel ill.
- Clean and disinfect busy touchpoints such as door handles, toys, handrails etc. especially if someone is sick.
According to the Australian Government Department of Health, to minimise the spread of any germs you should regularly wash surfaces that are frequently touched such as door handles, light switches, kitchen and bathroom areas. Clean with an effective detergent or disinfectant. A great example of this would be a bleach based product from your local supermarket
For national updates: https://www.health.gov.au/news/latest-information-about-novel-coronavirus