Richard Jones, Possum Creek
COVID-19 is undoubtedly lurking in Byron Shire by now. We are beginning to bow to each other, rather than our usual hugs. We’re washing our hands regularly and even attempting to stop touching our faces – which we do about sixteen times an hour.
There are hidden dangers though, which we might not even consider. The virus can remain live on surfaces, from a few hours up to several days, including the buttons of ATM machines. It can live on bank notes, hand rails, counters, a multitude of places. If you have long nails you can pick it up, so cut them and keep long hair up.
The person leaving a trail of virus could be entirely asymptomatic.
This is a virus that needs to be taken deadly seriously. Italy went from 21 cases to 12,462, from one death to 827 in just three weeks.
Now the entire country is closed down.
I have no doubt I will lose friends to this virus in the next twelve months, regardless of avoidance measures. Please stay safe by being aware that it’s everywhere. Take it seriously.