Conquering the Coronavirus Pandemic
COVID-19 is an abbreviation for “Coronavirus pandemic” and first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. It is traced to the severe acute respiratory syndrome. Its symptoms include sneezing, coughing, fever, sore throat, high temperature, loss of smell or taste, chest pain, difficulty breathing, and skin discolouration. It must be noted that symptoms differ from one individual to another.
The virus is highly contagious and spreads in small particles known as droplets from one person to another through close contact, coughing, sneezing, breathing and even talking closely to someone. It also settles on surfaces. When your hand touches the surfaces, it becomes contacted and transmitted into the body when your hand touches any openings in your body (For instance, nose, mouth, ear etc.)
On the 25th of January 2020, Australia recorded its first case from a man who had just returned from China. In response to this, the Australian government restricted extra-territorial movements. It imposed certain measures such as the use of face masks, quarantining self on the occasion of any of the symptoms, and social distancing and cultivating the habit of handwashing.
However, the rate at which the virus and the means through which the virus is transmitted are alarming and therefore, the government employed lockdown measures. So far, Australia has a record of over 28,000 cases. Due to initial lockdown and restrictions measure, certain activities were put on hold and did not exclude education. Also, during this period, the culture of online learning was encouraged.
In this vein, the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ATLC) have always been on top of her game. It is what we have always encouraged- learning outside the four walls of the classroom. Partnering with about eleven institutions, we make sure to improve the quality of education and ensure continual professional conduct in the global world. We provide project materials, theses, reports and other valuable resources and which are easily accessible.
In furtherance of our goals, the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ATLC) will continue to support Government policies in combating the Coronavirus pandemic and ensure the pandemic no longer affects the quality or standard of education Australia. We implore everyone to imbibe the culture of mobile schooling and using the Library while also, curtailing the spread of the pandemic by heeding to instructions and directives issued by the Australia disease Control body and the government.
To stop further transmission and another wave of the disease, we should add the following to our routines:
- Handwashing: This period demands that we keep our hands clean always. Our hands may be contaminated through body contact such handshake or from touching contaminated surfaces and is let into our body through openings or cooking with unwashed hands—Wash hands for about 20 to 30 seconds.
- Restrain from touching openings in your body with unwashed or sanitised hands
- Use of face shields/nose covers
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle
- Get tested and isolate yourself once you experience the symptoms associated with COVID-19
- Keep yourself updated
- Check restrictions before travelling
Do your part by staying safe.