COVID-19: Links, resources and information

Accurate as at 23 March 2020

Introduction

The global pandemic driven by the infectious disease COVID-19 has disrupted societies, with governments requiring citizens to practice self-isolation, and communications and media sources (both social and traditional) rife with misinformation or content lacking insight. As a consequence of this highly dynamic situation, YSPN has prepared the following “newsroom” and FAQ to help people make sense of the situation and navigate it as effectively as possible.

Our role here is not to provide our audience with a unique take on the information, but ensure that our audience knows where to access accurate, and up-to-date information from primary sources, relating to the current situation, best practice, and responses from across a spectrum of themes and issues relevant to YSPN’s audience.

Given that our links are to primary sources like Government Dept. websites, and organisations like the World Health Organisation, we expect that those links will not go stale, or the information out of date, as the link sources are updating information on a much more regular and timely basis than our team of volunteers possibly could. To ensure the information remains most current, and links remain active, we will be reviewing the content here on a weekly basis (unless stated otherwise), and the date the information is current at will be written at the top of this article.

Special note:

With the speed and ease at which misinformation can propagate during times of heightened stress and anxiety such as this, we also recommend our audience verify the source of any information that is not obviously from one of the below resources, and practice scepticism to mitigate the possibility of further spread of misinformation. We also recommend our audience do the same for information shared from medical health practitioners where they provide their own analysis above and beyond the information provided in the original source.

CategoryWhat are we discussing?Helpful resources
HealthcareEveryone’s health is the number one priority during this crisis. Misinformation is rife both online and through social media channels, and so we have aggregated the following resources with a view to providing you reputable, factual, and up to date information.

We recommend practicing scepticism and personal responsibility when evaluating, considering and disseminating content from sources outside of these here.
Mental HealthPeople may experience feelings of anxiety and stress as a result of the actions being taken due to COVID-19, and their potential impacts to them.

This is a natural response to the state of uncertainty relating to the current conditions, and we’ve collected the following resources to help make sense of what is happening and to respond in as constructive a way possible.
WelfareOutside of people’s health and wellbeing, we know that many are reeling from the economic impacts of this crisis on their livelihoods. Governments and financial institutions in both Australia and New-Zealand have introduced specific measures to respond to this crisis, and links to their information and resources can be found here.
Workplace Health and SafetyEmployers have a responsibility to their staff to ensure they have a safe working environment, and the Coronavirus introduces a factor that they must be aware of and manage in order to ensure their staff are looked after.

Guidelines and advice for Australian and New Zealand employers on how to deal with COVID-19 as a matter of workplace health and safety. Employees should familiarise themselves with these guidelines so that they can ensure their employers are adhering to these practices.
The information in both links here is described as being for employers, but we recommend employees familiarise themselves with employer obligations so that they can monitor and identify situations where they and their colleagues are being placed at risk from poor practice.

TravelGovernments in Australia and New Zealand are responding to the current situation through a host of measures which include travel warnings and restrictions and other policy instruments. These measures are outlined in the links here.
GurudwarasGurdwaras as Sikh places of worship and congregation have been impacted by the introduction of social distancing measures.

As a sign of their resilience and ingenuity in this period of uncertainty however, they have responded in innovative ways to ensure that the gurdwara can continue to serve the sangat.
Given the number of Gurdwaras across both Australia and New Zealand, we’re unable to provide a comprehensive list of resources here, we recommend instead that you search for information relating to your local gurdwara specifically.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also launched a chatbot on WhatsApp to allow users from around the world to access authoritative, up to date information directly from the WHO. To access this resource, you can add the number +41 79 893 18 92 to your contacts, and message with the word “hi” on WhatsApp.

    Disclaimer:

    While we have done our utmost to ensure the information is comprehensive, up to date and as accurate as possible, we do not guarantee that this is the case [and make no representation, statement or warranty to that effect. We recommend you seek appropriate independent advice.  We are not responsible for any loss or liability you may incur in connection with the information provided on this page]. In the event you do find a mistake please contact us (via email, Facebook or Instagram) so we can issue a correction as soon as possible and minimise any further impact.

    We also hope you’ll practice kindness and compassion with others as we navigate this crisis as a global community.