As the threat from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus is amplified, so too are our efforts.
This resource hub brings together current Coronavirus (COVID-19) content from regional to global bodies.
What is a Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a general term used for a type of virus. There are lots of different forms of these viruses and they are common. COVID-19 is the name given to the new Coronavirus.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu:
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
Even though COVID-19 is concerning, remember that most people suffering from these symptoms are likely suffering from a cold or other respiratory disease, not COVID-19.
What is the infection and incubation period for COVID-19?
The period from exposure to illness is around 14 days, if you have been exposed to COVID-19 it may take up to 14 days to develop symptoms, which is why the imposed self-isolation period is 14 days.
Is there a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19?
There is currently no vaccine or treatment for COVID-19 however if you are infected many of the symptoms can be relieved with treatment and care, however please seek medical advice. Should you develop a serious illness please go to hospital and receive care there. Prevention of spreading is still the best protective measure you can take.
Who is more at risk of serious illness?
Evidence has shown that the virus can have more severe effects on vulnerable populations, including older people and those already with compromised immune systems or existing medical conditions. Taking extra measures to protect these people from infection is advised.
How can we protect people who are more at risk of serious illness?
If a family member is living in an aged care facility and they have rules in place regarding visits or a protective plan in place, please follow their instructions because they are in place to protect your loved ones. If a loved one who is susceptible to serious illness lives with you, take extra precautions to prevent the spreading of any germs.
I feel healthy. Why shouldn’t I go out?
Covid-19 symptoms can take up to 14 days to develop, so while you may be feeling healthy, if you have been overseas or in direct contact with someone who has the virus, you may be incubating the virus yourself. In order to limit the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible, the Australian government recommends that anyone who may be harbouring the virus self-isolates themselves by staying indoors for a 14 day period.
Should I cancel play dates? What are the rules for my kids?
If you know that the family you and your children are meeting are not unwell or harbouring the virus, then no, you don’t have to cancel playdates. However, it is highly recommended that you keep an open and honest line of communication with friends and family in regards to potential exposure.
The rules surrounding children are similar to the rules for adults. Schools have not been closed and you are still expected to attend. Family day care and long day care also continues to run provided they are free of any Covid-19 cases. If your child does begin to show any flu-like symptoms, please seek medical help and quarantine them immediately. They must no be around other adults or children. You can find further information surrounding the rules and recommendations for children HERE.
What is social distancing?
Social distancing is a measure that the government recommends we all should take in order to reduce the potential for transmission of COVID-19. Social distancing includes the following:
- Avoiding crowds and mass gatherings where it is difficult to maintain any kind of distance from others.
- Avoiding small gatherings in enclosed spaces, e.g: family gatherings
- Trying to keep at least 1.5 meters between yourself and others in public where possible
- Avoid shaking hands, hugging and kissing others
- Avoid visiting vulnerable people, such as the elderly or people with compromised immune systems due to ailments or medical treatment.
COVID-19 Useful Resources
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for health professionals, including aged care providers, pathology providers and healthcare managers
For aged care residents and families
For aged care home care and community carers
Accountabilities of governing bodies in aged care
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Resources on health and Finances for older adults
Disclaimer: Fortis can’t accept any responsibility for any advice real or otherwise contained in the articles and that it should be noted that these resources may not necessarily be relevant in Australia and are offered as background research only.
Find the facts
National Health Line for COVID-19
Call the National Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.
The phone number of each state or territory public health agency is available at www.health.gov.au/state-territory-contacts. If you have concerns about your health, speak to a doctor.
For travellers who have been in mainland China, Iran, Republic of Korea and Italy
Four modules are available for completion as part of the Department of Health’s new eLearning program for Aged Care workers.
- Module 1: Personal Safety
- Module 2: Families and Visitors
- Part A: Residential Care Facilities
- Part B: In Home Care
- Module 3: COVID-19 and Aged Care
- Module 4: Outbreak Management
APP: Multicultural Council Australia have released the myauscovid-19 app in Apple and Google Playstores.
Visit museums. Google Arts and Culture partnered with over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours of their spaces. Some of the options include New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum- https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en
The Louvre, based in Paris, is also offering its own virtual tour online for free- https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
The San Diego Zoo has a live webcam for animals- https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams
Melbourne Zoo also has live webcams https://www.zoo.org.au/animal-house
Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover- https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/
The British Museum- located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies- https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/
Geography with National Geographic- https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
Children’s books read by famous- people https://www.storylineonline.net/
Crafts and activities- https://www.allkidsnetwork.com/
Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities- https://www.highlightskids.com/
Online history classes for all ages preteen through adults- https://school.bighistoryproject.com/bhplive
Educational games K-12- https://www.breakoutedu.com/funathome
35,000 pages of online content on the different cultures and countries of the world- https://www.countryreports.org/
Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, maths and science- https://www.nomsterchef.com/nomster-recipe-library
Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for young children. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text- https://ngexplorer.cengage.com/ngyoungexplorer/index.html
Type in any city, state, or country to view an archive of historical photographs and other documents. It’s a unique way to help children learn about history- http://www.whatwasthere.com/
Help children learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art- https://artsology.com/
Live video of the National Zoo and Smithsonian Learning Lab- https://www.si.edu/kids
This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals- https://climatekids.nasa.gov/
Think Design explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design- http://www.kidsthinkdesign.org/
Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts- https://www.gonoodle.com/
Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout- https://app.sworkit.com/collections/kids-workouts
Mo Willems, the author of ‘Don’t let the Pigeon Stay up Late’ is uploading daily drawing lessons-
Maths as a fun part of your daily family routine- http://bedtimemath.org/
Music is for everyone- https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments
Projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing- https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
Learn a language- https://www.duolingo.com/
Yoga and mindfulness for kids-https://youtu.be/0ImHIWzP49M
All sorts of online classes for kids- https://outschool.com/#abk7vott3k
Short videos and texts that answer various burning questions for children. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions- http://wonderopolis.org/
Learn to code- https://www.codecademy.com/
Listen to astronauts read stories from space- https://storytimefromspace.com/library/
Maths games galore- https://gridclub.com/
Lots of science experiments that you can do at home-
Grammar- Work on the 8 parts of speech- https://www.grammaropolis.com/
Google Earth. All sorts of incredible learning here- https://www.google.com/earth/
Scratch teaches students all about coding- https://scratch.mit.edu/
A wonderful detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art- https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/
Tests kids’ geography skills. Using images from Google’s Street View, it puts players down in the middle of the street and asks them to figure out where they are- https://www.geoguessr.com/
Live PE lessons at 9am Monday to Friday on this YouTube channel for children of all ages. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvPHOpzoEk5onAEbq40g2-k
Short videos about numbers that help kids explore complex math topics and make math more fun- https://www.numberphile.com/
Lets kids play instruments online. Instruments include the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, and bongos- https://www.virtualmusicalinstruments.com/
A large selection of fun songs to help teach preschool students- https://www.songsforteaching.com/preschoolkindergarten.htm
Coding for 4-10 year olds- https://www.kodable.com/
For budding Marine Biologists- take a deep dive into ocean life. https://ocean.si.edu/
Science podcasts to listen to with your kids- https://medium.com/kidslisten/19-great-science-podcasts-you-can-listen-to-with-kids-6fe46ac506b8#.rb23iuaw6
Red Tent Art- step by step instructions on art projects including origami, 3D cards, clay pots, etc- https://www.youtube.com/user/redtedart
ABC- Educational resources- https://education.abc.net.au/home#!/home
Boost writing confidence with Storybird- http://storybird.com/
Kids numbers- http://www.kidsnumbers.com/
Maths Frame- http://www.mathsframe.co.uk/default.aspx
Make your own animated videos with Go Animate- http://goanimate.com/
Prezi (make your presentations zoom) http://prezi.com/
Create interactive avatars to showcase children’s learning- Voki: http://www.voki.com/
Go Geocatching- https://geocaching.com.au
The Kid Should See This- https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Electoral System of Australia- https://education.aec.gov.au/teacher-resources/
Carson Ellis’ Art Club- Carson Ellis, author and illustrator will be posting art assignments on her Instagram page every weekday morning. If you want to share them, you can use the hashtag #quarantineartclub. She’ll also provide individual hashtags for each exercise so everyone can see each other’s work. https://instagram.com/carsonellis?igshid=1urg2g0rg5r4b
Lady Gaga’s former backup dancer, Mark Kanemura, is hosting virtual dance sessions on his Instagram page- https://instagram.com/mkik808?igshid=xp9gywx8gc02
Hello Nan & Pop Activity Pack – Stay Connected – https://www.boltonclarke.com.au/news-resources/hello-nan-and-pop-activity-pack/
And don’t forget to fly a kite! #24https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.mykidstime.com/things-to-do/101-things-to-do-with-kids-that-will-cost-nothing-but-time/amp/
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