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Here's Everything You Need To Know About The Gov's New Coronavirus App

And WhatsApp messaging service.

As coronavirus continues to spread, keeping track of the government’s ever-changing restrictions is becoming increasingly difficult. To remedy the spread of misinformation, the government has launched a Coronavirus Australia app and WhatsApp messaging service.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the app and more:

The Coronavirus Australia app is available from the Apple App Store and on Google Play

According to the app’s official page, it will help Australians stay up-to-date on official information and important health advice, provide a symptom checker and snapshot of the current official status of coronavirus within Australia, allow people to find relevant contact information, access updated information from the government and receive push notifications of urgent info and updates.

Speaking about the app on Sunday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the app “will assist you to get the accurate and timely information about what is being done by governments around the country to support you, as you and your family and your household and your community work through the difficult months ahead because of coronavirus.”

Credit: Apple App Store

As for the government’s new Coronavirus Australia WhatsApp service, it can be accessed by typing oz.gov.au/whatsapp into your web browser. 

Essentially, it acts as a messenger bot to provide people with updates when they type in a number or emoji. When prompted, the bot can respond with latest news, numbers, a symptom checker, information on how to protect yourself and others, support for people, families and businesses, travel advice and more.

Credit: WhatsApp

To access the service on your phone, you need to download WhatsApp to your phone, add the number +61 400 253 787 into your WhatsApp contacts and send it a message. Shortly after, you will receive a response and can follow the instructions to receive more information.

We’re in uncharted waters right now, and while these apps and messaging services might not be perfect, they’re another way people can easily access accurate and up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. Plus, it beats staring at the news all day for updates. 

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This News Anchor Can’t Get Her Nails Done Cos Of COVID-19, Cue The Violins

"This is not a priority, people are dying, but..."

If there’s one thing we could all use a little of right now, it’s perspective. Many of us are isolated with a roof over our heads, food in the cupboard and – for some – a lifetime supply of toilet paper on hand. It could be a lot worse. The global number of coronavirus cases recently passed 460,000. The economic hit resulting from this pandemic is likely to be worse than the 2008 recession, and 20,000 people have now lost their lives. But for one Fox News host, not being able to get her nails done is the worst First World problem amidst the COVID-19 crisis.

While chatting about the state of COVID-19 in America “hopefully” moving in the right direction, Fox & Friends anchor Ainsley Earhardt took the opportunity to speak about some of the major inconveniences she has personally experienced – which included her nails and hair.

“I live in the city. You can go back to the area, but I don’t want to – I don’t want to be near the area that’s infected the most. But I’m thinking about all the bills that are stacking up at my apartment. If you bought clothing before all this happened, if you want to return it – will stores waive that 30-day period where you can get your money back?”

As if that didn’t make you cringe enough, Earhardt continued.

“Y’all don’t think about this, guys – and this is not a priority – but women have to get their hair done. This is not a priority, people are dying, and I realise that – but they can’t get their nails done. Businesses are closed everywhere.”

Earhardt has a point. Bills are stacking up, and getting a blowout or nail appointment right now is near impossible – but c’mon, there are more pressing issues than letting your roots grow out or living with chipped nails. 

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As COVID-19 hits the economy and businesses suffer, people all over the world are losing their jobs. The elderly and those with underlying health conditions are forced into isolation – away from family and friends – to avoid contracting the deadly virus. People are landing in ICU and dying every day. Nail appointments aren’t really front of mind right now.

As mentioned earlier, it’s time to have a bit of perspective.

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Influencer Licks Toilet For A Challenge, Gets A Dose Of Karma And COVID-19

There are no words.

If you don’t believe in karma, now might be a good time to get familiar with that sassy beast because a U.S. Tik Tok influencer has tested positive for coronavirus after he licked a toilet for a social media challenge.

I’ll give you a minute to roll your eyes.

According to Daily Mail, the influencer – known as Larz on Tik Tok – posted a Twitter video of himself licking the rim of a toilet as part of the widely criticised ‘coronavirus challenge.’

Two days later, the 21-year-old tweeted a video of himself in a hospital bed telling his followers, “I tested positive for coronavirus.” His account has since been suspended.

I’ll give you another minute to roll your eyes.

Sadly, Larz isn’t the first person to play russian roulette with COVID-19 in the name of a social media challenge. The whole thing started when fellow Tik Tok influencer Ava Louise licked an airplane toilet in the hopes of going viral amidst the pandemic. 

In a truly cringeworthy video, Louise explained why she did it, telling a reporter during Spring Break, “I licked a toilet seat on my sugar daddy’s private plane on my way down here to go viral because I fucking hate old people and it’s their fault that we can’t go to the beach and catch a fucking dick!”

Yikes.

In an interview with Dr. Phil, Louise said people dying from coronavirus is “their problem, not mine,” and told him, “your generation only cares about this virus, because it affects you.”

What Louise, Larz and other people thinking of doing these social media challenges fail to realise is that COVID-19 does not discriminate, and there is already mounting proof of that. It was recently reported that an 18-year-old with an underlying health condition had died of the virus, and medical experts have warned that it is “not simply limited to the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.”

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Another reality that these Tik Tok influencers are ignoring is the fact that this virus is not about you. It’s about protecting the elderly, those with underlying health conditions, and people who are more vulnerable and at risk. 

By ignoring the rules, ‘trying’ to get coronavirus, and flaunting that on social media, you’re not only attracting an absolute shitstorm of backlash, but you’re setting a terrible example, and putting lives at risk. If causing your own, or someone else’s death is worth it for social media clout and attention – there’s a far bigger issue at play here.

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