Syrup’s Ongoing Guide To Coronavirus: Updates, Resources & Coverage

The Syrup team will be updating this page with our coverage of coronavirus ongoing impact, as well as the reputable news sources you can trust. If you’re struggling with keeping up to date while managing your mood, start with our guide to staying informed without sinking into depression or getting overwhelmed.

Coronavirus, officially called COVID-19, has now been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO). In a media briefing on the 11th of March, the WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stressed the important, however, of not using the word to spark unnecessary fear. 

He explained that looking at just the numbers of countries affected doesn’t tell the full story: “Of the 118,000 cases reported globally in 114 countries, more than 90 percent of cases are in just four countries, and two of those – China and the Republic of Korea – have significantly declining epidemics.” 

It’s easy to get swept up in the coverage of the spread of COVID-19, and in Australia at least it seems like people are literally shitting themselves. But the WHO stresses that “all countries can still change the course of this pandemic.” 

Helping to slow the spread of coronavirus relies on collective action (like social distancing) and maintaining individual precautions. Keeping physical interactions to a minimum means that our healthcare systems has a better change of being able to handle cases and treat patients more effectively. This pandemic can be controlled.

We’ve pulled together a shortlist of reputable resources, as well as rounding up Syrup’s coverage of COVID-19 for you below.

Coronavirus FAQs:

Syrup did a short FAQ about coronavirus back in January, but you can also find a run-through of common questions you might have here.

If you need resources in other languages, a good starting point is the Department of Health: they have resourced in Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Farsi, Korean and Italian.

If you’re worried you have coronavirus:

First things first, the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. 

Having a little bit of a runny nose or a cold doesn’t mean you should panic and you should continue to take the normal precautionary health measures you would otherwise. 

If you suspect you or someone close to you does have coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

What getting tested for coronavirus is like, as told by a nurse:

To get an understanding of the situation from the perspective of someone on the frontlines, Syrup spoke with a Sydney nurse about what she’s experiencing and what happened when she tried to get tested for coronavirus

Her key takeaways are that while of course, hysteria and panic buying are unfounded, we also shouldn’t dismiss the disease if we’re “young and healthy.” 

In New South Wales, coronavirus is a notifiable disease, which means if you have it you much notify the state health department to help prevent transmission: “I understand attempting to alleviate panic—but informed health information is always best.”

Read the full story here

If you’ve seen or experienced racism as a result of coronavirus:

As many Asian Australians would be able to tell you, a lot of people didn’t need the coronavirus to fuel their racist and xenophobic rhetoric. That said, we’re seeing more and more instances of casual racism and full-blown abuse towards Asian people and communities since the virus truly kicked off this year. Syrup‘s producer Julian spoke with the Director of ANU’s Centre for Asian-Australian Leadership, Jieh-Yung Lo, as well as the experts researchers and professors at Australian National University about xenophobia and coronavirus.

We cover how we got here, how inflammatory media is contributing to racism directed at Asian people, and what to do if you see it or you’re experiencing it yourself.

Read the full story here.

If you’re trying to figure out how to shop and cook:

While many of us have been working from home for a little while now, the new spate of closures of non-essential businesses across Australian states is going to be sending a lot more people into the kitchen. Or a lot more people onto Uber Eats—no judgement here, you can’t make a Dominoes triple pep triple cheese stuffed crust at home after all. That said, if you are wracking your brains trying to figure out how to continue to feed yourself and your fam/house mates/just you because you’re a l o n e, we’ve summarised some simple advice from the best in the biz, Carla Lalli Music.

In a Instagram story, the beloved Bon Appétit food editor and author chatted how she’s shopping, storing and cooking during social distancing measures, and honestly even if you aren’t a big home cook, just listening to The Bean Queen is soothing and nourishing in itself.

Read the full story here.

If coronavirus is impacting your mental health:

Among the people being disproportionately affected by COVID-19 are those with mental health conditions like anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Syrup put together a guide on managing your anxiety in the face of coronavirus.

Why is this happening in the first place? As well as the furore of pretty intense media coverage, many of the protective measures against the virus, like washing your hands thoroughly can blur the line of regular self-protective and obsessive behaviours. 

It’s sadly also sparked a lot of racism and xenophobia towards Asian people, which y’know can also take a toll on your mental health (and mood generally). 

Read the full story here

Updates on the international coronavirus situation:

Look to the official World Health Organisation site for global updates on how countries are being advised to handle the pandemic. 

For up to the minute reports as they happen, we’d also suggest The Guardian and other reputable national news sites. Though, again, if you’re feeling overwhelmed it’s okay to take a step back for a moment. 

If you need help remembering disease protocols:


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♬ nhạc nền – QUANG ĐĂNG

No, this isn’t the be-all and end-all of precautions against coronavirus, but in some lighter content for a change, you might want to watch some TikToks to help you fight the spread of COVID-19.

The Vietnamese government has created a short song informing it’s citizens of the basic measures to take to help stop transmission, which is a) an EDM banger and b) become a viral dance on TikTok

Read the full story here.

All the shit that’s been cancelled RIP


Every industry is feeling the effects of coronavirus, but the world of live gigs, events and arts in general is truly hemorrhaging. We rounded up every TV show, concert and festival that’s been cancelled due to coronavirus.

Read the full story here.

Celebrities losing it on TikTok during isolation


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♬ original sound – curtisroach

So, because of above mentioned cancellations and governments urging self-isolation and social distancing measures the world over, many of us are spending a lot more time indoors on the internet. Including celebrities. TikTok, a gift and curse that truly keeps on giving, is quickly becoming a favoured outlet for ’em.

If you’re looking for some celeb cabin fever content, we’ve selflessly scoured the app for the best celebrity TikTok accounts to laugh at. I mean with. For sure with. And I promise, no Gal Godot.

Read the full story here.

Monisha Rudhran (@monishamay) is a writer and chronic Pisces. Formerly at Syrup, she's now a Digital Content Producer at ELLE and marie claire Australia. She’s into trying to be a better person and sparkling water.

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