Hi everyone, as we all know the world is facing a tremendous challenge amid the global spread of corona virus.
It’s hard to fight an unseen enemy. The Coronavirus or COVID-19 has affected hundreds of thousands of people. Our lives will never be the same again especially for those who are unwell, those whose jobs and business were jeopardised, and those who lost their loved ones due to this pandemic virus.
Kris and I, being nurses, are advocates of good health. Good handwashing is an old but one of the best ways to lessen the spread of diseases. Today we are sharing a video on how to wash our hands properly. On top of this, we encourage everyone to be diligent in their daily hygiene and to constantly spray or wipe disinfectants to the commonly touched household furnitures/fixtures such as doorknobs, tables, the tap handle and everything that we constantly use.
We hope and pray that you are all safe. Remember to check in on your families, friends and neighbours. Share kindness to those in need such as food and perhaps rolls of toilet paper if you have more than enough.
There were viral videos circulating in the news and in Facebook where people are seen fighting in the Supermarket just to get a pack of toilet paper rolls recently… People are panicking and hoarding toilet papers due to coronavirus scare which leaves other shoppers with none. So, I went to investigate if the news I was seeing in TV is real.
It is indeed!
But why toilet paper? Why not over canned goods or food? I don’t understand at all.
To the hoarders/shoppers out there, please be considerate to the needs of other people especially to those who need it most such as our elderlies and people with physical disabilities.
As an alternative, we can always get back to the basic of using soap and water which is the best way to clean ourselves.
Always remember to clean your hands effectively for at least 20 seconds to stop the spread of harmful viruses and bacterias.
Yesterday, I asked someone how was their New Year and have they spent it at home. She said they lost their house by the fire and have to live on a camper van with a sick child. For a moment I was speechless and the only word that came from my mouth was ” Sorry”. I felt the pain in an instant. It felt surreal. That encounter made me reflect on the lives and properties lost by the bushfires.
Australia has been battling the worst bushfires ever that has claimed the lives of thousands of animals, killed residents and firefighters, burnt houses and farms leaving a number of people without their homes to stay this new year.
I have seen news updates in facebook, television news. I have seen a weird looking brown sky and a sun looking like a giant orange fireball reflecting the large fires happening around New South Wales.
Kris and I just moved to Australia last year and haven’t experienced summer in this country yet. We’ve heard that it can really get super hot as 45 degrees.
Why do bushfires happen in Australia?
There are plenty of reasons but the topmost one I could think of (and have heard) is the extremely hot weather. Australia is about as big as United States of America but majority of the land is dry and uninhabited. Fires in dried grasslands may start naturally by lightning strikes. Australia has also got lots of Eucalyptus trees (that provide food for the Koalas) that can be a very good source of oil and can burn fast. The wind may cause the fires to spread quickly in any direction.
There is no way we can stop bushfires from happening but a lot of people think it has gotten worse than ever.
Does global climate change have to do with this?
I think it has created a significant difference to what we are experiencing right now. Not only in Australia but in Amazon and Indonesia. It’s all over the world.
What can we do to help?
Here is a link that provides direct help to the families and communities affected. You can donate online and can make a difference wherever you are.