Home care for people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19

Home care for people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19

Health & Wellness

03-04-2020

If you are ill with fever and cough you should clean hands 🙌 frequently with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand rub.
 Stay at home; do not attend work, school or public places. Rest 🛌, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
 Stay in separate room from other family members, but if not possible wear a medical mask 😷 and keep a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from other people. Keep the room well-ventilated and if possible use a dedicated bathroom.
 When coughing or sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or use disposable tissue 🤧 and discard after use. If you experience difficulty breathing, call 📞 your health care facility immediately.

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Time for your flu shot

Time for your flu shot

Health & Wellness

02-04-2020

Expert health advice all points to one thing – each of us must do our part to help flatten the curve so our health systems continue to cope with COVID-19 patients.

Other than social distancing, one important thing we can all do right now is to get vaccinated for the flu. It’s quick and you can easily organise one at your local pharmacy.

The fewer people needing to go to hospital with the flu this year, the better. Speak to your local pharmacist today to arrange.

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Coronavirus with a baby: what you need to know to prepare and respond

Coronavirus with a baby: what you need to know to prepare and respond

Health & Wellness

16-03-2020

Authors: 

Karleen Gribble – Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University

 – Research Fellow, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney

If you have a baby, you may be worried about them catching the coronavirus, particularly after media reports of an Australian infant diagnosed with it. Read More >

Good hand hygiene tips

Good hand hygiene tips

Health & Wellness

14-03-2020

One of the best protections against #coronavirus is good hand hygiene.
– Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
– Try not to touch your face, including your eyes, nose or mouth

This is because one way to become infected is to transfer the virus from a contaminated surface to the face or mouth by touching.

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Reduce your risk of coronavirus infection

Reduce your risk of coronavirus infection

Health & Wellness

03-03-2020

Coronavirus or COVID-19 seems scary, but given the current information, there’s no reason to panic.

We, along with organisations such as the @who , @cdcgov and the Australian Givernment Department of Health, are recommending simple things you can do to reduce your risk.

📸 image via @who

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Myth busting – Novel Coronavirus

Myth busting – Novel Coronavirus

Health & Wellness

12-02-2020

Myth busting – Novel Coronavirus

Posted 10 February 2020 by Better Health Channel Team
 

man blowing his nose in front of computerWhat we know: the facts about novel coronavirus

In late 2019 cases of a novel coronavirus started to be reported. There have been some cases in Victoria, and the Department of Health and Human Services has worked closely with the Victorian health sector, Commonwealth and international agencies to help keep people safe, healthy and informed. Read More >

Does grapefruit affect the drugs you take?

Does grapefruit affect the drugs you take?

Health & Wellness

22-01-2020

If you look at the average breakfast table you’ll find many potential health hazards: coffee, breakfast cereals loaded with sugar, greasy bacon and fried eggs. So most of us would think grapefruit is a welcome nutritious addition.

But if you’re taking certain medications then you should steer clear of grapefruit. That’s because grapefruit contains a substance that interacts with a long list of drugs regularly found in medicine cabinets across the country.

Geraldine Moses, a senior pharmacist from the Adverse Medicine Events Information Line, says there is evidence that an average 200 ml glass of normal strength grapefruit juice (straight from the fruit) can cause “a clinically significant interaction with a list of drugs as long as your arm”.

Eating fresh grapefruit can also be a problem, as the compound responsible for the interaction is found in the fruit’s pulp. But Moses says eating grapefruit marmalade on toast is unlikely to cause any problems. Read More >