World Health Day is on April 7, as outlined by The World Health Organisation: WHO.
Never has World Health Day seemed more important than this year. People around the world are battling the 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOVID), our health care professionals are working around the clock and the world has been dramatically impacted. We may ask ourselves as carers, or carers in training, how can we help?
h&h has put together a list of suggestions that you may wish to consider.
If you are qualified in aged or disability care or community services, or you are partially qualified and you have undertaken the Australian Government Department of Health’s Covid-19 Infection Control Training Module, you may wish to put in some hours volunteering to help lighten the load in our hospitals or aged care facilities, if you have the time.
Stay At Home
This is not just essential on World Health Day, but every day at the moment. Unless you’re an essential carer, or you have a legitimate reason as outlined by the NSW Government, you must stay at home. Please, don’t let this stress you out if you’re studying with us. h&h has many ways to guide you through your courses and we will always be here to support you. Simply call is on 02 9682 0100 or email us. We are here for you.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
As advised by NSW Ministry of Health, use strong soap and wash your hands with very warm to hot water for 20 seconds each time.
Don’t Touch Your Face
This is often so hard for so many of us! As humans, we naturally touch our faces hundreds of times each day. If you’re finding it difficult, it may be wise to wear a mask, as it can prevent hand to face contact.
Wear a Mask
WHO also believes wearing a mask may limit the spread of COVID-19. However, the organisation also states that “wearing medical masks when not indicated may result in unnecessary costs and procurement burdens and create a false sense of security that can lead to the neglect of other essential measures, such as hand hygiene practices. Further, using a mask incorrectly may hamper its effectiveness in reducing the risk of transmission.” If in any doubt, call the NSW Coronavirus Healthline on 1800 020 080.
A healthy diet means a better immune system. Be sure to include plenty of nutrient-rich fresh fruits and vegetables, lean sources of protein and lots of hydrating liquid such as water and freshly squeezed fruit and vegetables juices.
You may be at home, but exercise is still important. There are plenty of online programs and apps that can guide you through a quick, daily workout that will keep you fit and healthy.
Take your temperature.
If you feel as though you may have a fever, take your temperature using a high speed digital thermometer. If it’s high, or indeed you are showing any other symptoms like shortness of breath or a dry cough, call the National Coronavirus Helpline. You can discuss any other symptoms you may have and the person you speak with can help you assess if you should be tested. If you show any symptoms at all, do not go to work.
If you are showing any symptoms but are not eligible for testing, self isolate. If you live with other people, try to avoid being in the same room with them and do not share cutlery or crockery. Use hand sanitizer regularly and clean all surfaces frequently. You can read more on the Australian Government Department Of Health Website.
Remember to thank our health care professionals.
Perhaps send a card to your local hospital or aged care facility, thanking these selfless people for their tireless efforts. They are working around the clock helping us and we know it makes their day easier to have their work acknowledged.
Protect the vulnerable in our society
Whether it is World Health Day or any other day, we must always protect the aged, the disabled, the immune compromised. If you are concerned you have the virus, or you’re showing symptoms, self isolate and follow instructions as above.
Check on friends and neighbours
We are all in this together and we are all feeling the gamut of emotions. Some people are going through this alone and without family. Others may be in home isolation with family members who they may well adore, but could also be growing tired and frustrated with seeing each day. A phone call, a FaceTime session or even a ZOOM call with your friends can totally brighten someone’s day.