The impact of Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 on Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest and nearby communities has been evident on social media with concerns expressed about the virus, and the adverse impact of localised “panic buying” of toilet paper and other supplies.
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During this time, it may be helpful to access information about COVID-19 from reliable sources including the Australian Government Department of Health and the NSW Health websites to help stay informed and calm.
The Australian Government advises that, “Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus.
Symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia.
Some people recover easily, others may get very sick very quickly.
There is evidence that it spreads from person to person.
Good hygiene can prevent infection.”
This includes washing your hands often with soap and water, using a tissue and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and avoiding close contact with others, such as touching.
NSW Health advises, “There is no need to bulk-buy products at supermarkets including toilet paper, paracetamol and canned food.”
“It is practical for households to have a small stock of non-perishable groceries to cover the event that in the coming months the household has been asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
“However, it’s important to note the role of family and friends in supporting those in isolation and to note that online grocery delivery services are now available in most areas of NSW.”
Coles spokesperson said, “Due to the current high demand for Toilet Paper we have introduced a temporary limit of four packs per transaction.
“This will help to maintain availability for all our customers.”
This was reported as being locally implemented to one pack of toilet paper per customer.
Local medical practices have advised that if you have concerns about your health and COVID-19 to call them first before making an online booking or visiting the practice.
They can assess your condition and put in place the best response.
By Sandra MURRAY