Coronavirus and healthcare

As the number of cases soars in the US and the world, healthcare workers are catching the virus as they are the last line of defense. In Melbourne, the number of healthcare workers that are catching it is rising. Even if they have PPE there is still a bit of a shortage and there is a risk in catching the virus. Particularly in the high settings.

What should we do to protect them?

We should do everything we can to protect these workers by just doing your bit and not complaining.

A number of parties and celebrations are being held in the US. This is not the time for those. These people are being too selfish. We should just try and stay at home as much as possible and if we do have to go out we need to wear and physical distance from other people. This is how we will get to the other side of this.

Governments around the world need to contain this virus just as Melbourne has done which is to close everything up for a little while, pass the peak of the period and then slowly reopen the economy. People can learn to appreciate buying everything online and click and collect.

Countries now are just starting to implement the mask rule. But there are many antimaskers out there that don’t want to do just that. They will cause a protest about it. But many companies are adapting to this rule by making fashionable masks for people to wear that is comfortable.


The future of our cities post COVID

What would our cities look like post COVID? We talk about it here with many of them looking like a ghost town now due to the restrictions!

There would be some redesign of the buildings, particularly in office towers to make sure that everyone stays 1.5 meters apart. The buildings would need to be environmentally friendly as everyone is conscious about the environment. We would also see more people in cars due to the coronavirus concerns on public transport or better yet: walking or riding a bike to work.

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We would also see some people being redeployed or moving to the country side where they need workers. Things most in need are doctors, nurses and tradies. They also would need some people to work in the factories since many people died during COVID.

The restaurant scene will have changed a lot. There will be a lot more outside dining as many people have to stay 1.5 meters from each other. Also some of the city streets will be closed off to cars due to the need to make more space for tables. Some restaurants and cafes will have closed for good. NPR talks about the struggles that many businesses will have after the pandemic.

There will be many people forced to live on welfare and so after the pandemic many food banks will struggle to survive. The Guardian supports this argument by saying that many city dwellers will be more vulnerable. The Toronto mentions that Coronavirus has brought out the inequality issue and we will see more of this in the coming months and years.


Our August Stats

Our August has been okay. In Victoria, we are in Stage four which means no going out of the house except for essential reasons. That month we only had 282 visitors on our site. 111 people were from the United States of America where they had a lot of cases.

This month we wrote quite a few articles on mental health and we’ll have plenty more to say come September. September is women’s health month and stress less month, so there will be lots to come then.

On Instagram we got about 20 new followers. Most of these people were just as bored of the lockdowns as we were. Before the 14 day reset we were posing on average 10 photos in a day. Some of them were reposted from other people as we wanted to support them. The Remedy and Eimiele video had 38 views. I think people were wanting to be healthier at home as Les Mills Body combat video got 31 views. Another two of my Les Mills body combat got 20 and 27 views. Yoga with Adrienne got 16 views.

The pizza post got 18 likes and the cheese post got 13 likes. The cake one got 17 likes. The picture of Flinders st station got 15 likes. Karen the witch got 31 views. I think people are sick of being in lockdown. This view is supported by the 112 views that the police video got. That one was reposted from some activist before my 14 day reset.

On Twitter it got quite heated between me and the anti maskers before the 14 day reset and get rid of social media addictions. After that it might not have gotten that bad.


The Uk releases a new campaign on obesity

This is an anti-obesity campaign as about 641 million people are obese worldwide. Brazil is one of the hardest hit countries but it also has one of the highest populations who are obese with 40 million people being obese. Brazil is a poor country with many people on welfare and as such they cannot afford the basic fruits and vegetables.

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I found out about this campaign through an Instagram friend of mine. And then I did a bit of research and it turns out that it was started by Boris Johnston after his scare with Coronavirus. He needed to lose a bit of weight.

People who are obese have a higher risk of getting the Coronavirus. Coronavirus is a respiratory disease that affects the lungs, liver and every organ in the body. When you’re obese you cannot breathe well.

The Better Health Campaign will ban all ads on Junk food before 9pm. It also ends some of the buy one get one free deals on junk food

Does Australia need to follow all of this “anti obesity” campaign?

The answer is no. We should be able to enjoy food when we want to. But however I would say this, the ads for junk food should be banned throughout the day. As for the buy one get free one free campaigns I think we can be disciplined to just share the food with others. We are known for sharing food with other people.

Moreover we need more access to fresh fruit and veg especially for those that are on welfare.


Is insecure work making us sick?

With high numbers of coronavirus cases all over the world, we have asked this question, “Is insecure work making us sick?”

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This pandemic is has exposed to vulnerable people such as casual workers. Casual workers work in all sorts of environments such as supermarkets, retail, food production, markets, etc. These workers cannot time off and if they do they won’t get paid any of their entitlements. Touchstone says that people are forced to work when sick. People worry about losing their jobs. Future Work says that insecure work will become the new normal. EHS Today has reported that people that work in more casual roles will be at higher risk of heart attack amongst other things.

The ABC says that 80% of new coronavirus cases in Melbourne come from casual workers that work when they should be at home self-isolating. These people need money to feed their families. They don’t get sick leave or other leave entitlements. The Andrews Government has offered these people $300 payment for those that are waiting for test results at home.

So what can employers do now that the pandemic is here

  • Let employees work from home if they can and when they can
  • Keep their employees in the loop about changes that are going on in their business
  • Kick casualization out of their place if you can. Instead, why not have full-time and part-time employees do most of the work
  • Casual works need better treatment from their employer. Now it is time for them to ask about this


How to help the community fight Coronavirus

We want to eradicate Coronavirus altogether from our communities but we need everyone’s help to do this.

Educate yourself on Coronavirus

Coronavirus is a deadly disease which is infectious and contagious. It is a wild and very rapidly spreading disease. Anybody can get it and people do die from it. The WHO has a lovely website about the virus.

When you go shopping

Make sure you wear a face mask. In Victoria you have to wear one. Don’t be like those anti maskers who refuse to mask up and then boast about it on Instagram. Always sanitise your hands as much as you can. Some stores will ask that you wear rubber latex gloves and they will have some there for you.

And whilst wearing the mask don’t touch your face.

Most stores operate online, so if you can please shop online at home before going in. Also many stores are card only now, so please don’t forget your card

Shopping for others

If you want to shop for others, fine. Do check the government’s regulations on this. Some may only want you to do this within 5km of your home. Many elderly and vulnerable live alone. Do let them know as ask them to write you a list to leave on their door. When you pay for the goods ask for the receipt and then put it in one of the bags when you drop it off. Do ask that they transfer the money to your bank account (most bank accounts you can send money to that person’s mobile phone if they have the banking app).

After you finished shopping and before you drop it off, do clean the products and the bag. Many people would have touched the products in store.

Don’t believe in the hype online about there being no virus

There is a lot of hype online about there being no virus and a lot of anti maskers. They believe in all these weird religious things about Coronavirus being evil. If you do so, you will get caught by the police.

Just do the right thing and we’ll all get through this together. The community will thank you for it.


Aged care and the Coronavirus: is the Government in Victoria to blame for this mess?

Right now the aged care sector in Victoria is in a mess. We have about 450 aged care homes in Victoria and over 900 people in those facilities have Coronavirus, some of which are staff. Staff have to go home to isolate but what about looking after the residents?

The government is partly to blame because they did not provide enough PPE or the staff early on in the pandemic. The Government could have also let the elderly go home and live with their children. The adult children are very concerned for their parents.

The government has provided some ADF support but it is too little too late. The staffing levels at some of these nursing homes were terrible.

I also think that the management of this sector is to blame for not providing enough food for people. A few of the residents that were isolating were neglected. At St Basil’s there has also been some miscommunication between the staff and the resident’s family. They would say that someone is fine but in actual fact, they are not. The management at some of these aged care facilities should have learned from Syndey’s Newmarch house.

Lets hope that the aged care sector gets better within time. It is devastating when people die. People should have been fed properly and looked after as well as being assisted within a timely manner.


Our blog stats

We talk about our blog stats which has taken a small tumble from the last month.

Our WordPress views are 75 views down from last month where they were 426. Most people were from the COVID hit U.S. Most people looked for ways to save their money and mental health as we have a COVID recession. Many people were looking at frugal living and DIY.

With the COVID cases high in Victoria, many people looked for ways to cure their mental health. Mental health has really taken its toll on people.

We got about 30 followers on Instagram which is good. Most people were being bored with staying at home. With the treasurer’s announcement of Jobkeeper and Jobseeker staying for a while and the economy looking bleak many people took to Instagram DIY ideas. We started reposting and sharing business posts which seemed to get a lot of traction. Not sure about the business though. The businesses have been on the slow side of this pandemic no matter how many times we repost. Your “Diet is a bank account” picture got 88 likes. The burger picture got 14 likes. The two Les mills body combat videoes got 36 views. The Philippines Les Mills Body Combat video got 25 views. The iced coffee video got 34 views. The run around Essendon and Strathmore got 11 likes. The satay picture got 18 likes. The breakfast bowl got 24 likes. The pink high tea got 17 likes. The big burger from Pattysmiths got 25 likes.

Twitter has been ok. People on Twitter blasted Daniel Andrews about not having stage 4 sooner.

What are our hopes are for next month?

We hope to see Coronavirus cases decline and everyone doing the right thing.We hope that there no more COVID fines. Hopefully the money from those fines will go to something more useful ie: a foodbank of some sort as people are doing it tough.


Face coverings (and DIY)

Everywhere in the world you would have to wear a mask or face covering at some time. In Victoria Melbourne, we now have to and the shops are going crazy over this. Some places sold out really easily. You would get fined $200 for this

You can wear a proper mask or you can wear a face-covering such as a scarf or a bandana or a runners buff.

You don’t have to wear a proper face mask as they are very expensive to buy. A pack of 10 costs somewhere between $10-$20 at the shops. But you can use an old t shirt or some leftover material and you can make your own at home.

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They will take some time to get used to. But you need to wear it properly too so that no germs can get on to your face.


No paid leave for healthcare workers

The ABC reports that people that work in healthcare are being exposed to the virus every single day. Healthcare workers in aged care and hospitals have to work throughout the pandemic even though they are not well. These people earn the lowest income. They are usually on causal with no paid sick leave. The Government has pledged $1500 hardship and so far a few people got approved.

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We have seen skyrocketing cases in Newmarch and other aged care facilities. Our concerns are with those residents with whom they work with. Aged care is a face to face job. If it was online it would have been no problem. I have volunteered at aged care in Year 9 and it was a lot of fun but hard work on their part.

The aged care workers have to lift things and help people with daily living tasks. Its the same in the hospitals.

The healthcare workers have to wear masks but its the close proximity to people that they are exposed.

Some of them have to work in two ore more aged care residences in order to meet their living needs. If they have the virus they could easily spread it to residents. We have seen a few elderly die in nursing homes due to the outbreak.

To the operators please do something about the aged care homes before somebody else gets put at at risk. Oh and please offer your healthcare workers some paid leave so that they can work in one aged care home and not two or more.