What should you know about coronavirus

Why is coronavirus a serious threat and what you can do

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is our latest global public health emergency that is spreading at a concerning rate. But the most confusing thing is that different countries are giving out completely different advice.

China: Nationwide lockdowns and cancelations of events, strict social distancing and home guarantee, face marks are essential, strict tracking of contacts and quarantine status

Australia: Starting to cancel events but few facilities are closed, social distancing and hand sanitizers are recommended, but face mask is not recommended to people who are well

Netherland: Just let the virus infect enough people so it will die out because of herd immunity…

Most western countries are acting much less strict than Asia. For citizens like us, we need to realize that each country’s guidelines have to largely depend on the politicians. There is a tendency to downplay the negative impact of any disaster to avoid national fear.

Therefore, it is very important that you make your own judgment by considering other experts’ opinions. Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now is a comprehensive analysis showing reasons to take COVID-19 seriously using statistical and modeling data. We highly encourage you to check out the stats yourself.

Social distancing makes a huge difference


Fatality rate varies

  • The fatality rate is much higher for older people.
  • “Countries that are prepared will see a fatality rate of ~0.5% (South Korea) to 0.9% (rest of China).” – based on statistical modeling
  • “Countries that are overwhelmed will have a fatality rate between ~3%-5%.” – based on statistical modeling

How can you be infected with coronavirus?

The COVID-19 virus spreads by close contact with an infected person through respiratory droplets. When an infected person coughs, sneezes, laughs or talks, the virus-laden particles can come out of the mouth or nose. The droplets can then be inhaled into the lungs of nearby people.

Coronaviruses can also remain on surfaces like metal, glass, and plastic for up to 9 days. Therefore, it is possible to be infected by touching a surface covered with the virus and then touching your own mouth, nose or eyes.

How bad will it be if you catch the virus?

Most infected people have mild symptoms with fever and cough. For some people, there are no symptoms. But a small percentage of people can get severely ill with respiratory problems like pneumonia. Elderly people and those with underlying medical conditions are at the highest risk.

What should you do?

  • Social distancing, stay at home and limit going out as much as possible
  • Wash your hands often with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds, especially before you eat, after you sneeze, touch public surfaces and use the bathroom.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Contact a doctor or call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

Online consultations available with accredited practising dietitian

To improve your immune functions, it is critical that you continue healthy habits including drinking plenty of water, good nutrition, sleep, and exercise.

We are here to provide knowledge on nutrition during this special period of time via online consultations. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for help! We are in it together.

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Top vegan places to eat in Brisbane: 2019 update

Are you a vegetarian, vegan, or just trying out plant-based foods? YES, why not? Healthy, cruelty-free and delicious!


I created a video featuring my top 5 places for yummy vegan food in Brisbane 3 years ago. Wow, time flies! Brisbane's vegan community is going strong and plant-based foodie places are shaping up.


Time to review my top 5 and see if any new places have caught my taste buds!



YUMM, Yep I still love those places. These mouth-watering photos on my instagram are the proof!


Number 5 - Botanica

Botanica is the living proof that salads don't have to be boring at all! They have a variety of different salads ready to go everyday, definitely a good go-to when you want some yummy salad takeaway!


Number 4 - The Green Edge

A vegan hub - cafe, restaurant, supermarket, everything vegan! Completely guilt-free when you walk down the aisles at Green Edge 🙂


Number 3 - Super Roll

Super Roll will probably move up my list (probably because of my Asian blood). Their mock fish made of cabbage is the best and I can never get tired of it. I have been there so many times and tried many things on the menu, not a single dish has disappointed me so far! Definitely try it out if you are around the Sunnybank area.


Number 2 - Vegeme

Vegeme is also one of my staple place, maybe because of their punch cards that keep getting me back? Nah, I was joking. The food itself is amazing, plus the friendly staff, nice environment and the punch card reward 🙂 My favourite dishes there are cold tofu, inari, okonomiyaki, dumplings and bibimbap.


Number 1- Vege Rama

At Vege Rama, you get the experience of fine dining with a reasonable price 🙂 They always have new specials on the menu that keep getting me back - they are healthy, creative and well-presented. You can also drop in for a coffee, smoothie or desserts anytime.


What's my new favourites?

Charlie's Raw Squeeze 

You might know Charlie's fresh food market or açai bowls and smoothies. I know they are great, but have you tried their rainbow wraps yet? If not, you definitely should! I go back for Charlie's rainbow wrap over and over again. It's full of colourful fresh ingredients and tastes more than amazing.


Slice Pizza & Pasta

Although this place is tiny and easily missed in the busy westend area. They offer the most delicious vegan pizzas! A whole range of mock meat and vegan cheeses that I have never tried before. It is definitely a treat to your tastebuds, but of course, not too often!

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How to turn a friend vegan? This pizza is the answer 😉😇😇 Taste: 9.5/10. I can't decide but this has to be the best pizza I have ever tried in my life. Presentation: 9. Would of given a 10 if there was a bit more toppings. Health: 5/10. Well it's a pizza. The combination of flour, chess, oily sauce and processed mock meat means its a once in a while treat. #vegan #veganfood #vegansofig #plantbased #veganism #veganlife #govegan #whatveganseat #veganfoodshare #vegansofinstagram #vegans #vegano #vegangirl #crueltyfree #veganfoodporn #veganrecipes #veganlifestyle #veganpower #veganshare #veganeats #vegancommunity #vegetarian #veganaf #veganfortheanimals #foodporn #healthyfood #veganlove #healthy #food #dairyfree @askveganpalette

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Coffee, brunch, afternoon tea, or wines, Dicki's got all you want plant-based! The cooking style is light on oil, definitely one of the healthier places!



A special mention of JoJo's because even though it is not a specialised vegan restaurant, their vegan dishes are among some of the best, no worse than those served in vegan restaurants! Check it out and you'll be surprised.


Green House Canteen

"Cruelty-free and Killing it" is the slogan of Green House Canteen - a place full of inspiration and love. The food there is always beautifully presented, in very LARGE portions! All plant-based and super healthy 🙂 It's probably the closest thing you can get to home cooking. Plus, you can ask for no oil!

Grass Fed Vegan

"Latest Plant Based Burger Joint in Brisbane"  a fresh twist to what burgers should taste like, you won't even believe how close to meat it taste like - you will love the interior decor. Everything served has no meat, dairy, cheese, seafood, whatsoever, ALL VEGAN 🙂

Liked this? Let us know what your experiences are eating vegan in Brisbane!


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About the author


Raymond Setiadi is an Australian Accredited Practising Dietitian and is the founder of Vegan Palette,  a Brisbane-based dietitian practice.

As an expert in whole food plant-based nutrition and fat loss strategies, Raymond has a comprehensive understanding of the interplay between food,  human physiology, goal-directed psychology, and how they all play a pivotal role in one's pursuit of optimal health.