Right now, COVID-19 is changing things all over the world.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed at times.
It can help to remember that while there are always going to be some things we cannot control, we have control over our own actions and responses.
It’s down to finding the right balance – to stay informed but keep calm and ground yourself whenever you can.
Be across it
Information on this page about COVID-19 is of a general nature only. For information specific to your health needs please check your local, state or national guidelines or ask a trusted health professional.
Where to start
Even though it’s for young kids, this comic explains the whole COVID-19 thing pretty well. If you have younger kids in your family it could be good to show to them – https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus
You might also like to check out this comic book style overview of some important things to think about with COVID-19 – https://thespinoff.co.nz/covid-19/25-03-2020/the-side-eye-viruses-vs-everyone/
Basic practical advice for everyone
To encourage everyone you know to wash their hands and do physical distancing in the recommended way here are some helpful quick vids to watch and share with the people in your home:
Why does soap work so well to get rid of COVID-19?
How to wash your hands virus-free – shows what spots you have washed properly using black paint
Stay up to date
The situation is changing all the time so it’s important that you and the people in your family stay current with what’s happening.
If you regularly check in with only one thing about COVID-19, make it this:
- SA Health – Government of South Australia – Information for the Community – COVID-19 – https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/conditions/infectious+diseases/covid+2019/covid-19+dashboard
- Department of Health – Australian Government – COVID-19 Health alert – https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
- World Health Organisation – https://www.who.int
If your family needs your support to understand these resources, sit down and look at them together.
Making a small shift in how you view a new or difficult situation can make a big difference to your overall wellbeing:
See the big picture with this interactive website called ‘This is Today’ – https://theuselessweb.site/hereistoday/
Be calm and grounded
Sometimes taking care of others means taking care of ourselves first. Check out these links about creating a sense of calm and staying grounded through disruptive times:
Meditate with calming music and visuals from Wavepath designed to create a sense of release and reset – https://wavepaths.com/tools/#forindividuals
Doodle meditative neon patterns on your screen with Weavesilk – http://weavesilk.com/
Listen to a background soundtrack of the Irish Coast, to rain on a tent, to a Summer night and lots more from Mynoise – https://mynoise.net/
Access the now on the ABC Listen app – https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/mindfully
Connect with cuteness with Explore.org by watching:
- rescue kittens on a live webcam – https://explore.org/livecams/currently-live/kitten-rescue-cam
- or puppies – https://explore.org/livecams/ecad/east-coast-assistance-dogs-cam
Be struck with wonder – watch the Northern Lights live using Explore.org – https://explore.org/livecams/zen-den/northern-lights-cam
Get active with free online dance tutes and exercise classes:
- Try out dance moves from Tik Tok and Fortnight dancers at Learn to Dance – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDt54aJcw0L85ro2A4Iy9Dg
- Learn to Moonwalk in 5 minutes with this video from DZRCK – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYT48mu-TIc
- Beginner’s guide to shuffle from Mavis Everett – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-fsbZ5VgTU
- Yoga for Teens video from Yoga by Adriene – if you don’t have a yoga mat just use a folded towel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kgZnJqzNaU
- Free Audio Yoga at Home classes from Annie Belcher – https://www.anniebelcher.com.au/audio-classes
- Daily P.E. class with Joe – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ
- Free workouts for all ages from The Body Coach – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ
- 7 Days of Sweat Challenge – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXmdXilQaqA
- Free virtual gym classes from Keep It Cleaner – no equipment needed – https://www.facebook.com/events/268120610854409/?event_time_id=268120624187741
If you like any of these ideas, you may also like the resources on our Just For Fun! page
Most of all, remember that you are not alone.
We are all in this together.
Here’s what other young people have been asking about COVID-19. New Zealand PM Jacinda Adern held a press conference with young people about COVID-19. The kids had questions about:
- How is the virus transmitted?
- How do I keep my grandparents safe?
- How does soap work?
Source: The Guardian
Norwegian PM Erna Solberg spoke with kids in Norway about COVID-19 and they asked:
- Can I have a birthday party?
- Can I visit my grandparents after I went to a shopping centre?
- How long does it take to make a vaccine?
- What can I do to help?
This ABC Radio podcast with Dr Norman Swan answers kids’ questions – https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/coronacast/are-we-all-going-to-die-we-answer-kids-questions!/12093754
Tell Us what you think
Do you have something you want to tell or ask the Prime Minister, Premier or Government about COVID-19?
Do you have suggestions for ideas to help those in your community?
Help inform Commissioner Helen Connolly’s work and her recommendations to the important decision makers our Government and services.
Be (even more) informed
For every person who is satisfied with the basic facts, there are others who can’t switch off without knowing as much as possible. If this is you, read on and inform yourself to the max with these resources:
A visual summary of the global situation, country by country from Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Research Centre – https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
The data that much of the media relies on in reporting its coverage of COVID-19 updates from Our World in Data – https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus
A visual explanation of why we need to flatten the curve –https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/
Financial Times’ regularly updated comprehensive summary of the situation – https://www.ft.com/coronavirus-latest