Back in March 2020, we wrote about COVID and here we are again, but things have changed. Now we have the new Delta Variant which is more infectious but not impossible for us to deal with.
In an ideal world, most of us would have been vaccinated by now. We will not go there but instead deal with the hand we have been dealt and try to assist you to be informed. To achieve that, we have included more links than we usually do in our articles.
Our aim is to provide you with a guide to being safe and using the messaging in an effective manner.
All Australians are getting daily reports relating to COVID and the latest lockdown.
The State government has a summary page that you can access here. The government has also produced a useful toolkit which you can avail yourselves of and to which I provide a link later.
The Federal government COVID health alert site is also helpful and covers all state and territories. You can access that here.
The messaging and advice can at times seem overwhelming and confusing.
COVID is a predatory and unforgiving health hazard. It knows no boundaries; it is normal to be frightened and concerned. It affects everyone rich or poor, it is not selective and is extremely dangerous not just to you but to your family, friends, and our fellow population. No reasonable thinking person wants COVID nor to spread it. There are things one can do minimize being infected.
Lockdown is painful, both emotionally and economically, but being struck down with COVID has worse physical, emotional, and economic effects. We can be thankful we are generally less vulnerable than others such as frontline professionals and workers, including the homeless who live on the street or citizens of other countries near Australia where there are thousands affected and dying on a daily basis.
If you find you are not coping emotionally you may find helpful the information published by the World Health Organisation here as it puts a lot of things in perspective.
Closer to home, the Black Dog Institute is helpful for those of us suffering emotionally through these difficult and uncertain times. See their page in relation to your mental health check-in for lockdown here
I am grateful we have wonderful medical facilities and available assistance from our doctors, nurses and first responders who expose themselves daily to risk to look after us. Some of them live in strata schemes and company title buildings. If you have some of these wonderful people in your building, show them your appreciation for what they selflessly do for us and imagine the stress they undergo daily.
Staying home temporarily in lockdown is, in relative terms, not a big ask. To find out the do’s and don’ts about staying home and some general information please refer here
For the latest rules about Greater Sydney and other NSW restrictions, refer to the NSW Government page here
The new rules today are the old tomorrow, so keep an eye out for changes. COVID effects and treatment remain relatively new, so we have to accept that rules and advice change but gain comfort that change usually means research is ongoing and the advice is getting better and clearer. For that we need to be grateful. Think how you would feel if there was no available advice, as is the situation in poorer countries with less expert medical and scientific resources
You will find NSW Public Health Orders here
Committees and boards in some strata schemes and company title properties we manage have determined they want to put in place a COVID Plan. If you want a plan, it should be tailored to meet the needs of your building.
NSW Fair Trading has created a web page explaining how the government ‘s COVID-19 Public Health Orders are helping keep safe in strata environments. Some of the information is not up to date but some is applicable.
As things are changing, almost daily, it is recommended that committees and boards keep abreast of these changes and, where necessary, be ready to update their plans. The links we provide are designed to assist in that process.
NSW Fair Trading has created a toolkit for Strata Schemes & Building Managers, relating to the Governments’ COVID-19 Public health Orders, designed as a guide to keep strata and community environments safe. There is no silver bullet, however we recommend a conservative approach to creating a plan. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
If you want to create a plan, here are some thoughts that may assist you:
If you want our assistance in developing a plan suitable to your building, let us know and if as we mentioned you have a building manger, we will also work with them.
We wish all our clients and residents good health and safe community living.