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BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY

Can you strengthen your immune system against COVID-19? You might feel a little powerless, but there are a few things you can do to help strengthen your immune system to protect yourself from many tyoes of viruses. The below is taken from the health direct government website:


Get more sleep

Sleep is important for your immune system. Research shows that sleep-deprived people can have suppressed immunity, meaning that they're more at risk of catching viruses.

If you feel worried or you are anxious (about COVID-19, for example), you're more at risk of sleep problems such as insomnia. And if you're sleep-deprived, you're more likely to be anxious.

So, if you're reading this on your phone in bed right now, put the phone down — looking at a bright screen in the evening can disrupt your sleep. For more tips on having a good night in bed, visit the Sleep Health Foundation.


lean your phone

As well as keeping you up at night, your phone may also transfer germs.

According to a new study, some viruses (including human coronaviruses that came before COVID-19) can remain infectious on surfaces for up to 9 days. So you should disinfect the 'portable petri dish' that is your mobile phone regularly with a cleaning product that is 70% ethanol.

Washing your hands regularly with plenty of soap and water for at least 20 seconds — or using an alcohol-based hand rub if soap isn't available — is the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19.

Should you wear a face mask?

If you’re feeling anxious you might be considering wearing a face mask for protection. But face masks are not recommended for the general population. Only people who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who are caring for a person with suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 need to wear a disposable (surgical) face mask.

Where to go for help if you're feeling anxious

Fortunately, if you are feeling stressed or worried about the coronavirus (COVID-19), help is available. Speak to your GP or contact any of these organisations:

  • Beyond Blue offers mental-health counselling 24 hours a day on 1300 22 4636. You can also speak to someone via online chat (3pm to 12am, 7 days a week).

  • Children and young adults (up to age 25) can call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 to speak with a counsellor, 24 hours a day. Online chat is also available 24/7.

  • Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 to speak with a trained mental health supporter, 24 hours a day. Online chat is available between 7pm and midnight (AEST), 7 days a week. You can also text 0477 13 11 14 between 6pm and midnight (AEST), 7 days a week.

















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