There’s little doubt the current COVID-19 situation is evolving fast.
Every day we see new updates across the globe and directions from the Government to stay home and not go out unless essential.
With so much out there, it can be hard to wrap your head around why staying at home is important. So we’ve used details from a recent ABC report to explain how the virus spreads and how we can stop it.
How does social distancing work?
COVID-19 spreads through contact with infected people or their sneezes and coughs. This is why the Government recommends keeping a 1.5 metre distance so that any germs from one person cannot reach you. But this isn’t enough to ensure safety.
If you’re a carrier attending an event with others, you’re still likely to spread it to them. Once you do, there is an exponential effect.
Say you give it to three people. These people then go to other events and infect 10 to 20 others. Then they infect others, and so on. This quickly grows into the hundreds.
By not being around others, you could effectively get rid of a whole stream of potential cases in one go.
The one thing we can all do as a community is to practice social distancing. Modelling shows that if eight out of ten people, or 80% of the population, stay at home then we can halt this exponential growth.
From the ABC News.
But for this to work, everyone needs to be onboard. If the number drops any lower then than 80% it will have too little effect to make a difference. So we need to work in unison and stop the spread, together.
What else is being done?
Rigorous testing and tracking of cases is shown to be another key factor in managing the virus. As of 27th March, WA has completed over 11,500 tests and opened testing clinics at all our major hospitals. Overall Australia has some of the highest levels of testing, with the lowest infection rate.
However, testing is only recommended if you have a fever or respiratory illness and have recently travelled overseas, been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, or work in health care, aged care, or the police force.
For the rest of us, we recommend following the latest social distancing guidelines. You should also:
- Practice good hand hygiene, washing your hands frequently
- Maintain a clean environment and disinfect high-touch areas – like doorknobs
- Keep away from others as much as possible if sick
We will stay on top of the latest news in order to keep you in the loop, so watch out for further updates. To find out more about our response, contact our team here.