Since my last article just 5 days ago, the coronavirus has dominated our television screens and devices. I wanted to take a moment to again to touch on this developing situation which has now officially declared ‘pandemic’ that is the coronavirus or COVID-19.

I am by no means a medical expert but have deep concern about this. To be clear, a pandemic is a disease prevalent over a whole country or the world – and as we have seen it spread into different countries and borders are being closed by world governments, it’s quite a serious matter.


Advice from the NSW Government website can be found here.

1. Sneeze into your elbows
2. Wash your hands
3. Stay at home if unwell

The biggest thing is maintaining proper hygiene and one of the best ways to do that is to wash your hands super well. Sneezing into your elbows means that the potential germs won’t be on your hands, and make sure to self-isolate if you feel unwell or have been instructed to.

Flu Shots

Getting the flu shot is well-advised and from March 30 to June 6 at selected Chemist Warehouse stores the flu shot is $14.99. Such a great price! Be aware too that; people aged 65 and older, pregnant women, all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months or over and people aged 6 months and older with medical conditions that put them at risk of complications from the flu are entitled to a free flu vaccine. See the details online here to find out where your closest store is.

For Parents

It’s best to make sure as well as trying to stay on top of news coverage that you go directly to the source, so information doesn’t get too tangled together. The NSW Government website has updates on affected countries, resources from health professionals, information for schools and businesses and community advice. Watch this easy handwashing tutorial for adults below.

For Kids

The Dr Binocs Show on the Peekaboo Kidz YouTube channel has a great video for kids that is informative and very helpful to answer any questions they may have. Watch this with your kids, and keep the conversation going. Refer back to last week’s video if you want some more information about the media influence. The animation is really clever and easy for kids to understand. Watch the Dr Binocs Show and watch this easy handwashing for kids tutorial below.

It is important to keep messaging, conversations and attitudes positive in the early stages of coronavirus and what the rest of this year is going to look like for your families and the rest of the world. Stay safe and WASH YOUR HANDS!


Susanna Bateman.