COVID-19 & Our Writers Festival

Covid-19 is a short term for coronavirus disease in 2019 and was first discovered in Wuhan, China. Before now, the world has experienced small outbreaks of coronavirus since 1965. In 2002, 2003 and 2004, more than 8,000 cases of SARS-COV were recorded with death casualties.

In December 2019, another wave of coronavirus hit the world, spreading like wildfire across all world countries. The World Health Organisation identified the virus as a health emergence and finally declared the spread of the virus a pandemic on March 11, 2020, a word that has not been used since the outbreak of influenza in 2009.

The Spread of Covid-19

While many marvels at the importance of tracing the spread of the virus, it is essential for present and future research purposes and aids in preventing a future reoccurrence. The virus spreads through close contact between animals, animals and human beings and among humans.

The virus can be transmitted in droplets carried into the air from one person’s nose or mouth to another. It can also settle on stainless steel or plastic surface for about 48-72 hours. Hence, you can get infected when your body comes in contact with an infected person without protection.

Impact of COVID-19 on Our Writers Festival

The spread of this virus has had a wide range of impacts on various countries. Unfortunately, Australia is no exception. This virus has significantly affected the country such that the government has implemented a wide range of lockdown measures. Precisely, in response to the global pandemic, the government embarked on the zero-transmission project to combat the virus’s spread.

No doubt, we are all affected either directly or indirectly by the emergence of the virus. In turn, this has had a ripple effect and affects our activities. For instance, due to this lockdown, it is impossible for us to hold our festival physically this year. We are looking towards maximising various technological solutions to ensure that we can still proceed with the conference.

Regardless, it is the responsibility of everyone to keep safe in the meantime. So, we have curated a list of information that helps.

Symptoms of Covid-19

The symptoms of Covid-19 differ in persons depending on the underlying health conditions of such person and age. The symptoms may be mild or severe and are expected to show from the second day of contact with the virus to the fourteenth day. You must isolate yourself and call your country’s designated COVID-19 lines when you experience one or more of the following:

  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Body pains
  • Frequent sputum discharge
  • Severe headache etc.

An underlying condition such as type 2 diabetes mellitus, obesity, sickle cell disease, cancer, chronic kidney disease, etc. can cause complications and death.   

How to Prevent the Spread

No doubt, we are all affected either directly or indirectly by the emergence of the virus. In turn, we must commit to preventing the spread. Relevant measures include:

  • Frequent hand washing
  • Quarantining of infected individuals
  • Public use of face masks
  • Encouraging social distancing etc.