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Australia Coronavirus Response

25 April 2020 In: Health, Family, General

Australia Coronavirus response has been more effective than most countries in suppressing the virus pandemic. Fast lockdown reaction, travel restrictions and huge stockpile of Personal Protection Equipment has kept case of the virus, and resulting deaths, among the lowest in the world. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison believe the country’s lockdown could soon be over because Australia is “ahead of where we thought we’d be”. Some restrictions look set to be lifted soon, with a…

Copper kills virus

19 April 2020 In: Health, Family, General

Copper can kill viruses such a Coronavirus. While you may think that antiseptic wipes or sprays are necessary to kill germs, there’s actually a metal that kills germs on contact — no cleaning supplies necessary. The use of copper for health purposes dates back to Ancient Egypt and scientists today are still learning about the amazing benefits of copper. Here’s what you need to know. Copper kills germs Copper has anti-microbial properties, meaning it can…

Home Working ‘Panic’

18 April 2020 In: Jobs, Health, Family, General

Home working for long periods of time amid the Covid19 emergency can lead to ‘panic working’ Hyper-productivity is becoming a new workplace phenomenon due to home working for long periods of time under uncertain conditions says Dr. Ali Fenwick, Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Hult International Business School in Dubai. Covid19 creates a lot of uncertainty and poses a threat towards one’s livelihood and health. The different coping strategies that people use to deal with…

Videoconferencing – How To Be Safe

11 April 2020 In: Technology, Family, General

Videoconferencing has become a popular means for communication for businesses and individuals but it is important to stay safe while online. Here are some top tips to ensure the safety and security of organisations and their people. Recent usage data released by tech firm BlueJeans shows how fast employees around the globe have shifted from working in offices to working from home since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. In less than two months, countries…

Coronavirus Australia Update

10 April 2020 In: Migration, Economy, Family, General

Coronavirus Australia: the number of confirmed cases Down Under is now over 6000 with the death toll over 50. Community transmissions are still the greatest concern but the state governments such as NSW are now better prepared after doubling the number of ICU beds to 1000. Coronavirus restrictions in NSW will be reviewed on a monthly basis, but distancing measures like the 1.5m rule will remain in place until a vaccine is developed There will…

Top Tips for Virtual Working

09 April 2020 In: Jobs, Economy, Family, General

Virtual Working has become the new norm as the coronavirus has forced organisations to “go virtual” with little if any preparation. Virtual Working can present practical problems but it is possible to maintain a productive routine if you follow these helpful tips: 1.The importance of keeping social. Workers transitioning from the “traditional” to the “virtual” have the benefit of sharing a work history within an established social context. Seeing your colleagues face-to-face increases the levels…

Aussies Move to DIY

08 April 2020 In: Property, Family, General

DIY has never been more popular Down Under. Australians have hit peak in toilet paper hoarding and are now buying alcohol, DIY goods and home office equipment in preparation for months of lockdown. Data compiled by both the ANZ and Commonwealth Bank suggest the worst of the surge in shoppers clearing out the tinned tomatoes and pasta aisles of supermarkets may be over. The ANZ found that during the first panic buying surge spending on…

Free Aussie Childcare

05 April 2020 In: Family, General

Parents in Australia can claim free childcare during the current virus emergency. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced this week that childcare would be free for the duration of the coronavirus crisis. The $1.6 billion program will last six months and prioritise parents who can’t work from home. Health Minister Greg Hunt said the government’s social distancing and border restrictions were “flattening the curve”, adding there was no need for Australia to start building makeshift hospitals…

Coronavirus Restrictions Cost $11k

03 April 2020 In: Jobs, Family, General

Coronavirus Restrictions in Australia include six months in jail and/or $11,000 fine for leaving home without a ‘reasonable excuse’ The Aussie government’s public health order gives police sweeping power to enforce the latest round of coronavirus restrictions Residents in NSW who leave their house without a “reasonable excuse” could spend up to six months in prison and face an $11,000 fine under an emergency ministerial directive. The public health order gives police sweeping power to…

Coronavirus Growth Falls 50%

03 April 2020 In: Migration, Family, General

Coronavirus growth in Australia may now have fallen by 50% according to new scientific forecasts. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged Aussies to stay at home during Easter, saying that social-distancing measures taken by Australians had cut the projected growth rate of the virus in half. Australia has entered a “new phase” of virus suppression, he said. Infection growth of COVID-19 across Australia is at single-digit levels, with the government planning to release updated modelling…

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