By Evelyn Leckie

MANY residents are staying calm and making the most of family time while having to self-isolate during the coronavirus pandemic.

Broadford mum Ash Polachek said her family was self-isolating as a precaution due to her daughter Emma’s lung condition.

“Due to her disability and low immune system, we are staying home,” Ms Polachek said.

“All her therapy sessions have been cancelled and we’ve been struggling to get some of her medications.”

The mum of two said her children were passing the time by reading stories, watching Disney Plus and playing with sensory toys.

“My husband and I have had to take on Emma’s physio and occupational therapy ourselves,” she said.

“Our eight-year-old son Matthew has been concerned he’ll bringing the virus home, especially to our daughter who has low immunity – so we’ve kept him in self-isolation for now and teachers are sending homework and work books for him to do at home.”

In Wallan, Deb Walker was advised to stay home due to a lung condition.

“Luckily I have frozen food stocked up from when I’ve been expected to undergo surgery,” Ms Walker said.

“I’m keeping calm and waiting for this to pass. I’ve had girlfriends dropping items off for me, and my friends are keeping in contact with me over the phone.

“Love in Action have been wonderful and have helped me so much.”