COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus that belongs to a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases. COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new form of coronavirus.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly.
People with coronavirus may experience:
• flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
• shortness of breath
The virus can spread from person to person through:
• close contact with an infectious person (including in the 24 hours before they started having symptoms)
• contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze
• touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face
COVID-19 is a new disease, so there is no existing immunity in our community. This means that COVID-19 could spread widely and quickly.
In Australia, the people most at risk of getting the virus are:
• travellers who have recently been overseas
• those who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
• people in correctional and detention facilities
• people in group residential settings
People who are more likely to be at higher risk of serious illness if they get the virus are:
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions
• people 65 years and older with chronic medical conditions
• people 70 years and older
• people with compromised immune systems
According to the Guardian, the latest totals for Australian’s afflicted with covid-19 are 5,050 confirmed cases and 23 Deaths.
As a result of the coronavirus, supplies through retail chains have become scarce. Although some supermarkets introduced a special shopping hour for the elderly, much stock continues to be wiped from supermarket shelves.
In response to the outbreak, Al-Ihsan Foundation is currently working on an initiative to assist the vulnerable, elderly, and people with disability to provide them with essential food supplies that they are unable to have access to.
We are hoping to receive basic necessities from the community such as toiletries, rice, flour, cereals, pasta, canned food, and other staple food that would accommodate their needs.
We kindly request, to ensure items are unopened, sealed and have a long shelf life. You can donate non-perishable items during business hours at 176 Waldron Road Chester Hill NSW 2162.
If you would like to be involved and cannot get access to these items, you can make a donation for Al-Ihsan Foundation to purchase necessary items through wholesalers and distributed accordingly to those in need.