Dr Karl has some useful information about why we have to keep our distance from everyone right now.
Okay, there has been a lot of hysteria, sensationalising and media hype over the Coronavirus. If you are young and healthy you have very little to worry about. Every couple of years the world has an outbreak of a new virus. We've already survived Sars, Bird Flu, Ebola, and Zika so I'm pretty sure we'll survive this one too. Apparently, if you are under 50 and don't live in China, you have more chance of winning lotto (don't quote me on that - I got it from Facebook). If you do happen to get it, most cases are mild and you recover quite easily. The Australian Health Department lists three prevention tips:
1. Wash your hands often with soap and water
2. Use a tissue and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
3. Avoid close contact with others such as touching.
The first two are common sense and you should follow them all the time. As for the third one, I will still be hugging my friends and family (unless they have recently been in China or Iran) but I won't be giving out free hugs in the mall any time soon.
So, don't stress. I know the news bulletins can be pretty alarming as they make it sound as if the world is ending. People stockpiling toilet paper isn't helpful either. I'm pretty sure this will blow over soon.
Even though I am old enough to know better I got sunburnt this week. I thought I was being SunSmart. I applied sunscreen all over (I like to do this before I put my bathers on so that I don’t miss bits and get it all over my bathers). I was under a cabana for most of the day and wore a hat. What I failed to do was to reapply sunscreen. According to the Cancer Council you should reapply sunscreen every two hours, and even more often if you are swimming or exercising. You can read more at www.cancer.org.au.
It's only March and you're probably already bored of your usual school lunches. Try one of these healthy lunchbox 'muffin' ideas from www.taste.com.au.
School hasn't gone back yet but these make awesome holiday snacks too.
You can find the recipe at living healthy with chocolate.