The Australian Department of Health reports that the immediate risk to the general public for contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19) is now at a watch and act level, so it’s a good time for communities to start preparing, should circumstances upgrade.
We continue to see, in times like this, that having a neighbourhood to rely on is so important. In a crisis, it’s often those closest in proximity that we turn to. What we know and what we see on Nextdoor every day, is that together, as communities, we are stronger. What has been heartening to see since the news broke of coronavirus is that neighbours are reaching out to one another, asking questions, and providing caring support.
We are constantly monitoring how the coronavirus is impacting communities around the world and it is with this in mind that we have gathered the following tips to help you, your family, and your neighbours to be prepared.
Please do leverage our platform so that you can stay connected to people around you, and don’t be afraid to ask questions, there are no silly ones – you can see where and how many cases of the illness have been reported on this map.
TOP TIPS FOR COMMUNITIES
- Stay Informed: To make sure you have the most up-to-date information, check the Health Department’s website here. Don’t forget to head to health.gov.au for relevant fact sheets and updates to get real information.
- Talk With Your Neighbours: Particularly the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions about emergency planning and let them know you’re there to help. Localised community response can be critical during times of crisis.
- Update Your Emergency Contacts: For family, friends, neighbours, carpool drivers, health care providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources like the local council.
- There is a national Coronavirus Health information line. You can call 1800 020 080 for more information.
- If you have symptoms and want to speak to a registered nurse, contact the Health Direct line on 1800 022 222.