Distressed by the number of confirmed Victorian coronavirus cases? This is what you can do.
It’s important to keep up-to-date with the latest coronavirus restrictions measures, but it’s a good idea to limit the time you spend on news websites and social media to stop yourself feeling overwhelmed. Instead, focus on what you can control.
Here are five things you can do to help yourself and others.
What you can do right now to help yourself and others
1. Stay at home. The most important thing you can do to protect yourself, your family and others in our community is to stay at home as much as you can. If you live in Metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire you can only leave home for one of the four essential reasons: shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and study and work (if you can’t do it from home).
2. When leaving home for one of the four reasons all Victorians 12 years and older must wear a cloth or surgical mask. For more information about the Department of Health’s latest update on mandatory masks visit their website here. We've put together some tips on where to find a mask and how to use it.
3. Get your facts straight about coronavirus from trusted sources like the Department of Health and Human Services. There is a lot of misinformation about coronavirus on the internet, so bookmark the Department’s website as your main source of information for all things coronavirus. You can also follow them on Facebook or Twitter for regular updates.
4. Prioritise self-care by supporting your mental health and wellbeing at this challenging time. For parents, see our list of Ten go-to mental health organisations for young people. It’s ok to feel sad and anxious about the current situation but if it’s impacting your day-to-day life, talk to someone – whether that’s a friend, your GP or a mental health support service like Beyond Blue.
5. Try to exercise a little bit each day. Learn how getting active can help you feel good and support you to stay physically and mentally healthy in our blog post How exercise can help during coronavirus.
6. Eat more delicious healthy food, including a variety of fresh colourful veggies and wholegrain cereal and bread. A healthy diet supports your immune system, and keeps you regular and feeling good. Check out some healthy eating tips from VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio, plus tips for eating healthy food on a budget.
So, while you might find it stressful to see the numbers of coronavirus cases in Victoria reported each day, you can support yourself and others by:
- Staying home
- Getting your facts straight
- Supporting your mental health and wellbeing
- Exercising a little bit each day
- Eating delicious healthy food
Have a coronavirus question?
For all coronavirus questions visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) hotline on 1800 020 080.