Covid-19 Information

Where to get tested in the local area?
If you live in Randwick, at the moment the best place to get testing is at Prince of Wales Hospital (for adults) – Building 14B, Avoca St, Randwick. Kids <16 can be tested at Sydney Children’s Hospital -High St, around the corner from emergency. Both open 10am – 8pm, 7 days a week, no appointment or referral required. There are other options available such as private laboratories – but the hospital services just down the road have been excellent. Give me a call if you’d like to discuss. Outside hours call the COVID Line which is open 24 hours – 1800 020 080.

Common Symptoms of Corona Virus?: 
Check out this easy to understand poster

How is Corona Virus transmitted?:
Corona virus is thought to be transmitted through “droplets”. So tiny drops released when a patient sneezes, coughs, speaks etc.  The droplet enters the next patient via the face – mouth, nose or eyes. So, it’s empowering to know that the following things really work!

  1. Wash, wash and wash your hands
  2. Don’t touch your face
  3. If you touch something else outside your clean home environment, immediately sanitize your hands

The good news is that most cases of transmission have been between people who have spent a significant amount of time together (>15 minutes face to face), so you can give yourself every chance of avoiding these droplets through social distancing. So:

4. Stay home except for work and essential supplies. 
See https://preview.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/social-distancing

5. Finally, there’s been some evidence of COVID-19 being found in faeces. So, quite simply, put the toilet seat down when you flush!

How to keep yourself and others safe?
https://preview.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others

What should I do if I think I have COVID19?
Isolate yourself and call me.  You don’t need to go to hospital unless you’re short of breath or feeling very unwell.  Most of the time it will just be about riding the symptoms out and making sure your contacts are protected.  Young people tend to have a milder illness but some young people do have a severe illness – we’re not invincible, so remember the rules (hygiene, don’t touch your face, distancing). Older people and those with underlying medical conditions have a higher chance of more serious illness – so it’s everyone’s job to protect them!

What is social distancing?
This is going to be a part of our lives for a while.  It’s difficult as we are such a social, tactile species. I know I enjoy a hug and being close to my loved ones. But practising this is absolutely essential – it will save lives! I prefer the term “Physical distancing, Social Connectedness”. Together, we can get used to these new rules, this new way of life, and explore how to come together as a community in new and innovative ways. https://preview.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/social-distancing

What is home isolation?
Home isolation applies to patients diagnosed with COVID19, patients who have been a contact with a confirmed COVID19 case, and those who have returned from overseas in the past 14 days (quarantine).
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/advice-for-suspected.aspx

Should I get a flu shot?
YES! Protect yourself this winter – especially as we have no vaccine or cure available yet for the corona virus. Call us to see if the flu shots are available and book an appointment.

Should I wear a mask? 
The recommendation is not to wear a mask unless you have symptoms or are a health care worker as it is sustained contact which leads to transmission. If you are walking around in the general population, then you are unlikely to have sustained contact with an unwell person.

But I personally think if you feel more comfortable and protected wearing a mask, wear it and don’t worry about what people think! Also, it helps you to stop touching your face which is the big thing. So, if that’s the main reason for wearing a mask, any mask will do – scarf, non-medical mask etc.
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/coronavirus-faqs.aspx#2-3

Other COVID 19 Resources

Current Data: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

NSW Health FAQ: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/coronavirus-faqs.aspx

Some balanced and informative articles:

Dr David Isaacs, Professor of Infectious Diseases talks about COVID19 in Australia and explains some of the government policy in this interview

Dr. David Price of Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City shares information in a Mar. 22 Zoom call with family and friends on empowering and protecting families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other Resources

Mindful Check In App is a simple, daily meditation which I use – https://apps.apple.com/au/app/mindful-check-in/id1090321458

Ask a Buddhist Program
Metta Centre has launched an “Ask a Buddhist” program with a panel of Buddhist monastics and lay practitioners who can assist with supporting our community during these uncertain times by telephone, Skype, Zoom or email. If you or someone you know have a question about Buddhism, your practice or just to have someone to talk to, just send an email to askabuddhist@mettacentre.com and they can help you make the connection

This Way Up has a range of free online courses for mental health support: https://thiswayup.org.au/

Resources For the Kids

Coronavirus: A Book for Children by Nosy Crow in the UK. Free for download – donations can be made to the NHS UK (Link at the end of the PDF). https://nosycrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Coronavirus-A-Book-for-Children.pdf