Sporting events like the beloved AFL and other treasured national sporting entertainment during the autumn and winter months are on thin ice. Will they run or not? Well, spectators are suspended from attending until further notice.
The reason, to control the spread of novel coronavirus causing respiratory disease (COVID-19) through the use of social distancing.
Just like that coronavirus came to town and has made its presence known.
We’re now rolling with a moving problem.
One we hope to get on top of but if we don’t change how we connect and be social there will be life threatening consequences as we’re witnessing in Italy.
In this article I’m going to cover off
I asked “Have you heard of the term Social Distancing”
“No” she replied.
It’s the strategy to stop the spread of a virus or contagion by keeping yourself at 1.5m distance from others.
So, what does social distancing really look like for people that are coming into contact with us at our clinic?
Well if we’re talking about our regular client in mind somebody who’s over 60 years of age may or may not have a neurological condition it is a rather difficult one to provide detailed instructions into actionable advice especially in the context of home and community life.
If I live with my partner and they are sick should I come to the clinic? If I live alone can I come to the clinic? What do I do if I feel down and sad do I go to my friend’s place? If I should go and get take out tonight or should I actually jump into a taxi and come into the clinic do a driving test?
A novel (new) strain of coronavirus (novel coronavirus) which originated in Hubei Province, China in 2019 can cause a respiratory disease called COVID-19. According to the World Health Organisation “Official names have been announced for the virus responsible for COVID-19 (previously known as “2019 novel coronavirus”) and the disease it causes.”
The official names are:
To limit the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19, epidemiologists have learnt from former outbreaks, clinical observations and research that distancing oneself from other people remains one of the most effective ways of preventing the community spread of the disease.
Combined this with hand washing using soap and water will also help prevent the spread of the virus.
Social distancing is important because COVID-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:
According to the CDC guidelines acknowledges that Social Distancing is dependent on a size of the community, our population density, access to healthcare and caveats around social distancing can either be dialled up or dialled down depending on the situation that’s happening locally and that’s where a lot of conflicting information comes about.
If we compare China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, England, Italy, USA for example as a financial times has done it shows that Australia is following a very similar virus infection trajectory as observed in Europe in countries like Italy. A very rapid one.
The point to this is that our health services will be placed under extreme demands. So much so we may see the same heartbreak as we’re seeing in Italy and Europe.
Social distancing needs to be dialled up, now.
Countries like Singapore and Hong Kong, as opposed to Australia, appear to be flattening the viral infection curve. In a sense flattening or slowing the viral infection rate so that the health services can support those who become acutely unwell.
Known as “Flattening the Curve”.
How are they doing this?
In simple terms, it appears they have applied a very strict and community supported approach to maintaining distance from others by 1.5m, self quarantined when unwell and likely completed rigorous hand and environmental hygiene.
Here’s an excellent demonstration of how viruses like coronavirus spread exponentially and what to do about it. This is freely available courtesy of the Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/
And that’s why we are acting as we at Occupational Therapy are rolling this policy out for all our services .
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle pain and fatigue.Ring the Public Health Hotline 13Health, or a GP or emergency department, to arrange for testing and appropriate care.QLD Health
Many of our clients live with complex chronic health conditions. It’s these folk that appear to be most threatened by the virus and its disease.
We can offer you tele-therapy consultations to support you in your own home. Like having a therapist in your living room but not..
If you’ve a computer and reliable access to the internet we are able to offer
Tele-therapy is the delivery of therapy services into your home via technology such as web based videoconferencing. We use a secure platform called ZOOM. The benefits are clear with regards to the current virus pandemic. Less direct contact with people, reduce the risk of transmission.
There’s also an upside: You get Therapy services delivered online at a location and time that suits you.
A computer or tablet with internet, camera and microphone is required for tele-therapy. ZOOM runs in your computer’s browser & you don’t need a software program to be downloaded.
COVID-19 spreads from person to person in a similar way to the flu:
See Worksafe QLD for guidance on specific novel coronavirus and COVID-19 workplace recommendations
Rashid and associates argue, social distancing can dramatically slow the rate at which the infection is spreading, easing the burden on the health care system and in the end this will save lives.
Call us today on 1300 783 200 and the team will have an Occupational Therapist contact you to find out more.