Where To Stay Away From To Try To Avoid Getting The Novel Coronavirus

I have had severe asthma since I was a child. I have been hospitalised perhaps twice prior to puberty when my chest muscles were weaker and unable to sustain the effort of breathe. I assume that there’s a good chance that one day, when I’m weakened by disease or old age, I may suffocate as a result of respiratory disease. I’m reasonably determined to try to avoid going out that way.

So you can imagine I have begun thinking about what I’m going to do in the very possible event that the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 starts spreading in Australia.

Here are my places to avoid. I’ve tried to think of a good time to enact each new set of measures but I’m not a scientist or expert, so I assume my decisions will not be optimal.

Right Now

  • Cruise ships
  • Iran, South Korea, China, Japan, Singapore, Italy

When Next Case Reported In Australia Or New Cases Outside China Reach 2000 Per Day

  • International Airports
  • Cruise Ship Terminals

When Australia Reports Likely Community Infection

  • Pharmacies
  • Hospitals
  • Medical clinics
  • Trains
  • Buses
  • Offices
  • Restaurants
  • Cafes
  • Concerts
  • Sporting events
  • Indoor swimming pools

When Sydney Reports Over 500 Confirmed Cases (if exponential growth)

  • Schools
  • Pre-schools
  • Crowded Places

Australian Epidemic Declared or 2500 Cases In Sydney

  • Stay at least 1m from everyone except family
  • Ideally leave our apartment where there is a communal lift and head out of Sydney with the family.