Aboriginal people over 50 urged to stay home
Tuesday 31 March 2020
On 29 March 2020, the Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced new public health advice for older Australians to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
He urged people over the age of 70, and those with chronic health conditions over the age of 60, to stay home as much as possible, and to take careful precautions when outside the home.
Aboriginal people over the age of 50, have also been asked to follow this advice.
There are also new limits on outside public gatherings. You can now only be seen in the company of 1 other person at a time.
What is allowed?
You are advised to only leave your home for the following reasons:
- Shopping for essentials (groceries, fuel)
- Visiting your doctor
Tips for complying with new advice
- Get a younger household member to buy your groceries for you.
- Order food online or over the phone and have it delivered.
- If exercising outside the home, only go with 1 other person from your household.
- If outside the home, remain at least a one and half metres from others, and limit touching surfaces.
- Wash hands thoroughly and frequently, especially after being outside the home.
- Make sure you follow all current health orders about traveling, social distancing and self-isolation to avoid on-the-spot fines – https://preview.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/public-health-orders
Why is the age so much younger for Aboriginal people?
Since colonisation, the introduction of highly-addictive drugs, such as alcohol and tobacco, and the sugary, fat-laden content of foreign food, have had a devastating impact on the health of indigenous peoples. As a result, Aboriginal people are now more likely to live with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, and to be afflicted by these conditions at a younger age. For example, according to statistics from the Federal Government’s Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Aboriginal people are 10 times more likely to die from coronary heart disease aged 25 – 37 than non-Aboriginal people.
These chronic health conditions place Aboriginal people at greater risk of developing life-threatening complications from COVID-19.
COVID-19 is also a new virus that is very contagious. Some people with COVID-19 do not exhibit symptoms but can still spread it. Without herd immunity or a vaccine we are very vulnerable, particularly those who live in rural and remote areas far from medical services.
- New police powers during COVID-19 pandemic
- Elderly Australians told to self-isolate at home, outdoor gatherings restricted to two people
- The government has released a “Coronavirus Australia” app which you can download from the Apple App Store or Google Play, or join on WhatsApp channel on iOS or Android.