Coronavirus information (posted 8 Mar, updated 11 Nov 20, updated 2 Feb 2021, updated 4 Jan 2022)
The Queensland U3A network has advised us to keep our members up-to-date on this threat, particularly as our age group is the most likely to suffer severely from this virus. So we need to arm ourselves with the latest facts from official sources, not from social media. Then we will know how best to avoid catching the disease. We should also act responsibly and spread calm and common sense amongst the community, thus avoiding a repeat of the ridiculous panic buying of toilet paper and the like!
For the latest information, go to these sites:
- Get vaccinated, including booster shots
- Wash hands regularly with appropriate sanitisers or soap and water. Carry a personal sanitiser pack if going out for essential reasons, and avoid touching your face if possible.
- Maintain physical distancing (keep 1.5m apart).
- Get tested if experiencing any flu-like symptoms, then Stay Home until well (self-isolation)
- Wear a mask if in a crowded space such as public transport and as otherwise directed.
- Don’t travel to listed hotspots
- Keep a copy of your digital vaccination certificate on your smartphone or carry a hard copy (see Tech Tips)
- Get vaccinated!
U3A is a self-help community, and individuals do need to be self-reliant, take personal responsibility and keep informed. Members need to be conscious of the potential spread of the infection in the community, and take precautions in all interactions with others, including when on public transport.
Activities to do in isolation (updated 19 May 2020)
I will be selective as to what is listed here, as I can’t fit in all your suggestions, but please keep them coming. Check back regularly. Click on the symbol or coloured text to go to the linked site for more information.
Fill in or update your Enduring Power of Attorney and Advanced Health Directive
These are “must Have” forms. There is a link to these forms under “Links to Other Sites”, or you can click here.
Keep viruses at bay!
On your tech gadgets, that is. See Tech Tips for more information.
Download the COVIDSafe app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. The COVIDSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). You need to keep Bluetooth on for it to work properly. iPhone users need to keep the battery charged and Android phones require Location Services to be on for Bluetooth to work properly. The COVIDSafe app does not record location information or track your movements. I urge everyone to have this app on their smartphones.
Get your flu shot. It is free at the doctor’s if you are over 65. You also get the stronger version.
Visit the Qld State Library
Discover free, on-line resources for a huge range of topics. For example, MAKEIT workshop plans offer introductory level 45 minute workshops on topics like film editing, mechanics and soft circuits. There are many collections relating to the experience of Queenslanders during the First World War. Kanopy has over 30,000 films to explore! The library has access to Lynda.com, which is an elearning subscription service that includes over 5,500 courses and 136,000 video tutorials in basic topics like Windows 10, Office 365 and Google Docs. Experts create and deliver all courses and provide exercises and work samples.
There are over 200,000 ebooks to download and read, online access to newspapers and magazines such as National Geographic from all over the world and in 30 different languages. You can learn how to trace your family history, do a photography course, etc etc etc.
Click here to access.
Keep a diary of your COVID19 experience (Journaling)
Ever wondered how your grandparents and great grandparents coped during the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1919? Your grandchildren and great grandchildren might wonder the same thing about you during the world-changing COVID19 pandemic way back in 2020! My wife is keeping a diary of what we did and felt, to pass on. This is a highly recommended activity!
Keeping a diary is now called “journaling” (keeping a journal) and we are offering an on-line course on how best to do it. Click 💡 There are other benefits besides making a historical record.
Once the domain of teenage girls and the literati, journaling has become a hallmark of the so-called self-care movement, right up there with meditation. And for good reason: Scientific studies have shown it to be essentially a panacea for modern life. There are the obvious benefits, like a boost in mindfulness, memory and communication skills. But studies have also found that writing in a journal can lead to better sleep, a stronger immune system, more self-confidence and a higher I.Q. (from the New York Times ?).
Read the U3A Australia Newsletter
This is well worth reading to see what other U3A’s are doing. particularly interesting is a list of U3A online courses. Take note all you creative writers, there is a worldwide competition with $40,000 prizemoney detailed on page 14. There is also a link to four pages of activities suggested by U3A Victoria. To read, please click 🙂
Learn how to connect to the digital world.
Be Connected is an Australia wide initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world. We have online learning resources as well as a Network of community partners – the Be Connected Network – who offer in-person support so you can develop your digital skills and confidence. Find a local place for friendly help and advice, or join the Network to help others. It is free to join. Click 🙄
A must watch is this video put together by the Ravenshoe State School. They sing three songs and the video is inspiring. The final song is about Ravenshoe, which we know has gone through very tough times. Click 😎
Travel the World in your armchair. Click 😀 You can also download the EarthCam app to your smartphone. If you want a more exciting journey and go by (virtual) train, click GO Make sure you cast your phone to your smart TV for an even better viewing experience.
Watch Nature and Beautiful Scenery at Explore.org by clicking Live cam. If you open with Google Chrome and you have chromecast on your smart TV, cast to your TV.
Download Google Lens to your smartphone and use it to identify plants, flowers, insects and any other mysterious objects encountered in your (limited) travels. You can also scan the barcode on any product, e.g. a toilet roll, to find the nearest stockist and cheapest price.
Go to the Sydney Opera House. This is really good! It offers a weekly program of unmissable full-length performances, live recordings and never-before-seen footage from the Opera House archives. There is a wide variety of topics, from interviews, live concerts, live dance and so on. I recommend watching these on your TV. Click here. Note the program changes weekly, so keep checking.
Visit the Vancouver Aquarium. Click here
Visit a Museum (from Enaide Freeman’s granddaughter to make sure she kept occupied)