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Education and Rationing

Panic and panic buying is contagious and fuels fear: Instil calm and equity by education and rationing from the beginning.

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I haven't seen any.  Australian news is over sensationalised, fast-flicking images with dramatic music and short statements.  All designed to stimulate a fight or flight (dopamine) response from the public.  Media was very quick to report panic buying which INDUCED panic buying.   Panic buying and empty shelves breeds fear.

So report on what needs to happen.  Educate people by telling them about virus hygiene, Educate that rationing is already in place and will be enforced.  Show this happening in stores - calm and organised.  

Supermarkets MUST be prepared in advance to enforce rationing.  Deploy security guards or soldiers if necessary.  Let people know that the Authorities are in control NOT the nasty person in Aisle 9 with the trolley stacked with the only toilet paper for 50km.

Upload or share a link to this resource/message/source of information to share it with others.

From one of my friends:

 "Our grandparents were called to war:  We've been called to sit on the couch.  We've got this!!"  

Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?

It's a reality check.  Made me laugh.

Australia is one of the best equipped and isolated countries to deal with this.  But like most westerners, we have become entitled and idiotic. It's not a good image to have.

Did you share this information with your network?

  • No

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • Local Government
  • National Government
  • News: Television
  • News: Digital
  • News: Print
  • News: Radio
  • Social Media
  • WHO (World Health Organization)
  • Word of Mouth
  • Employer
  • I learnt more about the virus from a Canadian Doctor's youtube post, than any of the above.

What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?

Mode of infection.  Via your nose.  

Stop touching your face people.

Mild vs more severe infection.  When you really do need to seek help.

What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?

Elderly people are scared.  They are most at risk; their partners and friends.  Simple clear information about hand washing, not touching their face and social distancing.  Wash hands after handling cash. 

Get flu jabs and pneumonia jabs if available.

Eat lots of fruit and veg and keep your lungs working well (exercise!)

Millions of refugees around the world in overcrowded, tent camps, with little access to hygiene or resources.  This is another humanitarian disaster in the making.

What is your current profession?

Scientist and teacher.

In what city are you located?


In what country are you located?


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Hi Sandra Mata  welcome to the challenge