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How everyday Australians are making the most of the coronavirus crisis

From a toilet paper hero to a man competing in a triathlon on his BALCONY – how everyday Australians are using humour to cope with the coronavirus crisis

  • Larrikins are poking fun at extreme coronavirus measures in trying conditions  
  • Australians in self-isolation are getting creative to make the most of the crisis 
  • Some are stock piling booze while others are keeping active whilst in isolation 
  • Coronavirus has killed five people in Australia with 350 current confirmed cases
  • Australians are taking the disease seriously and practicing safe measures
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Australians are using humour in an effort to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Social media has been full of people embracing self-isolation from the deadly disease and highlighting the absurdity of panic-buying in stores around the country.

The virus has caused unprecedented social measures to countries around the world, with Australians turning to humour to withstand trying conditions surrounding the disease.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s ban for public gatherings of 500 or more people came into play on Monday, forcing the cancellation of various sporting events, concerts and meetings around the country.

Quarantine and self-isolation rules are also being enforced for people who have returned from overseas or have been struck down with the disease. 

Staff in many industries are now working from home, leading to some creative posts showing ways to keep active while away from the outside world.

One man was spotted cycling on a stationary bike on the balcony of his apartment while the Mooloolaba triathlon ran outside his home.

Ben Marwe from Adelaide band Bad Dreems wrote a song called ‘I wanna self-isolate with you.’

His lyrics list a range of quarantine friendly activities including playing Guess Who, watching The Office, doing arts and crafts and ‘smashing a case of red.’ 

Australian drinkers have mocked toilet paper hoarders by sharing photos of their apparent booze stockpiles

Coronavirus has caused mass panic buying for shoppers around the country, with toilet paper becoming almost impossible to find in supermarkets.

Fights have broken out in supermarkets and queues have been seen outside toilet paper factories, highlighting shoppers desperation to get their hands on the product.

This is despite toilet paper being mass produced in Australia and diarrhea not being listed as a symptom of the disease.

Creative posts and memes have highlighted the absurdity of the shortage, including one man who landed in Sydney airport with an emergency package of toilet paper.

Forster Tuncurry Parish Catholic Church on the NSW mid north coast left a message for their clergy reading 'you don't know what you have till it's gone, like toilet paper'

Forster Tuncurry Parish Catholic Church on the NSW mid north coast left a message for their clergy reading ‘you don’t know what you have till it’s gone, like toilet paper’

Some people offered generous supplies of in demand items such as toilet paper to those in need

Some people offered generous supplies of in demand items such as toilet paper to those in need

Panic buying has stripped supermarket shelves of essential stick, leading some business to mock shopper's unusual behaviour

Panic buying has stripped supermarket shelves of essential stick, leading some business to mock shopper’s unusual behaviour

Memes have highlighted the Australian obsession with buying toilet paper amid the coronavirus crisis

Memes have highlighted the Australian obsession with buying toilet paper amid the coronavirus crisis

Tom Hanks was diagnosed with coronavirus while in Australia and became the subject of memes himself

Tom Hanks was diagnosed with coronavirus while in Australia and became the subject of memes himself

Many businesses were forced to make signs for customers when their supplies of in demand items ran out.

One sign reads ‘due to the recent outbreak of stupidity and panic-purchasing by complete idiots, the nation is currently experiencing a shortage of toilet paper and common sense.’

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 350

New South Wales: 171

Victoria: 71

Queensland: 61

South Australia: 20

Western Australia: 17

Tasmania: 7

Northern Territory: 1 

Australian Capital Territory: 2 

TOTAL CASES:  350

DEAD: 5  

Other people noted how difficult it has become to buy toilet paper and generously offered free rolls for those in need outside their home.

American actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were both struck down with the virus in Australia and became the subject of memes as a result.

While some stocked up on toilet paper, others topped up their supply of beer, wine and spirits to be ready for a long and boozy stint of self-isolation. 

There are now 350 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia, including five deaths.

The federal government are reacting to health experts advice and regularly updating measures to best prevent the spread of the disease.

Health officials recommend regularly washing your hands with soap or using a hand sanitiser and cleaning work spaces.

Drinking hot drinks such as tea or infusions and maintaining steady hydration can also help to kill the disease. 

Despite the humour, Australians are taking the coronavirus seriously, with health experts recommending to regularly wash your hands to prevent the spread of the disease

Despite the humour, Australians are taking the coronavirus seriously, with health experts recommending to regularly wash your hands to prevent the spread of the disease

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE CORONAVIRUS?

Once someone has caught the virus it may take between two and 14 days for them to show any symptoms.

If and when they do, typical signs include:

  • a cough
  • sore throat
  • Shortness of breath 
  • fever (high temperature)

The vast majority of patients – at least 97 per cent, based on available data – will recover from these without any issues or medical help.

In a small group of patients, who seem mainly to be the elderly or those with long-term illnesses, it can lead to pneumonia. 

Pneumonia is an infection in which the insides of the lungs swell up and fill with fluid. It makes it increasingly difficult to breathe and, if left untreated, can be fatal and suffocate people. 

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