THE FIRST LESSON IS:
PROF. PAUL ZIMMET AO - MACCABI LIFE ADVISOR.
An important Community message from Professor Paul Zimmet AO - 2018 Senior Victorian Australian of The Year
Recently, we have witnessed the hostility of an unruly minority, demonstrating and defying the Prime Minister and Government’s State of Emergency restrictions. They have ignored personal distancing, defied the rules on limited outdoor gatherings and activities - including sport and entertainment - and refused to follow other health and safety procedures put in place to protect us all.
These acts of defiance and selfish behaviour are of great concern. But it’s not all bad news, and I am proud to acknowledge, congratulate and personally thank the majority of Australians who have chosen to act sensibly and responsibly – they have played a major role in helping guide our proud Nation through this deadly pandemic. But, it is more important than ever to remain vigilant and compliant and keep our Nation on course, as we slowly ease out of these restrictions.
As Australians and through good choices, most of us have upheld the values of good health, family, mateship and community, fundamental principles of our everyday way of life. We understand why following the Government’s restrictions is so important to the health and safety of the entire nation and we have chosen to act responsibly! Dangerously, there are some who have chosen to act selfishly and not follow the restrictions. Each one of those individuals poses a monumental threat to us all. This hostile sector is signalling the message that they just do not understand or care that they are putting the lives of other Australians at higher risk from infection from a deadly enemy ......
The message from our Federal and State Governments is now ‘loud and clear’, isolation and social responsibility are our best defences against the spread of Covid-19.
Do not underestimate how critical this site is to the health and safety of our community. The information in front of your eyes ‘will save lives’. Those lives could be your own, your child, a family member, friend or colleague, or a complete stranger.
COVER UP WHEN COUGHING/SNEEZING
Use a tissue when coughing or sneezing and bin the tissue.
If you don’t have a tissue, cough
or sneeze into your upper sleeve
or elbow, NOT YOUR HANDS.
WASH your hands with soap and
Dry your hands thoroughly with a disposable paper towel or hand dryer.
The WHO recommends regular hand washing with soap and water and using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser only if soap and water are not available.
1. Wet your hands.
2. Put soap on your hands.
3. Rub the soap over all parts of
your hands for at least 20 seconds.
4. Rinse hands under running water.
5. Dry your hands thoroughly with a disposable paper towel or hand dryer.
We touch our faces about 23 times an hour, that is why hand washing is a crucial defence against Coronavirus.
IF YOU DEVELOP SYMPTOMS
If you develop symptoms (fever, a cough, sore throat, tiredness or shortness of breath) within 14 days of arriving in Australia, or within 14 days of last contact of a confirmed case, you should arrange to see your doctor for urgent assessment.
You should telephone the health clinic or hospital before you arrive and tell them your travel history or that you may have been in contact with a potential case of coronavirus.
You must remain isolated either in your home, hotel or a health care setting until public health authorities inform you it is safe for you to return to your usual activities
Coronavirus is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:
1. Direct close contact with a person while they are infectious or in the 24 hours before their symptoms appeared.
2. Close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes.
3. Touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.
If you have had close contact with a person with COVID-19, you must quarantine for 14 days. You will be notified by the Department of Health and Human Services and advised of what you must do.
If you’re in quarantine or isolation, you can’t:
leave that place except in an emergency.
allow other people into the home if they don’t live there.
be closer than 1.5 metres to others in the home.
Stay at home and avoid all gatherings of more than two people including yourself. This minimises the chances of transmission, protects the health system and saves lives.
You should only be outside for one of the following four reasons:
shopping for what you need - food and essential supplies
medical, care or compassionate needs
exercise in compliance with the public gathering requirements
work and study if you can’t work or learn remotely
If you are with other people e.g. in supermarket, you must observe the rule of 1 person for every 4 square metres to ensure a safe physical distance. Keep 1.5 metres away from others.
WHEN DO YOU NEED TO ISOLATE
All people who arrive in Australia from midnight 15 March 2020, or think may they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Staying at home means you:
do not go to public places such as work, school, shopping centres, childcare or university
ask someone to get food and other necessities for you and leave them at your front door
do not let visitors in — only people who usually live with you should be in your home
You do not need to wear a mask in your home. If you need to go out to seek medical attention, wear a surgical mask (if you have one) to protect others.
ABOUT THE VIRUS
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses known to cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). This new coronavirus originated in Hubei Province, China and the disease is named COVID-19.
Victorians should now take steps to prepare for the possibility of transmission of coronavirus disease in Victoria in the coming weeks or months.
For the latest advice visit: www.health.gov.au
Updated 1 June 2020
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