- WASH hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. DRY with paper towel or hand dryer.
- TRY not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- COVER your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
- ISOLATE yourself at home if you feel sick. If you take medication, ensure you have adequate supplies.
- PHONE your GP first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
- CONTINUE healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep, and now is the time to quit smoking. Call the Quitline 137 848.
- DON’T wear a facemask if you are well.
- BUY an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.
- GET the flu shot (available April).
- SHAKING HANDS is optional!
Important: older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions are more at risk of experiencing severe symptoms.
Make a plan for how you will manage if you are confined to your home for 2 or 3 weeks. This means having an adequate supply of your prescription medicine, food and other essentials – and food for your pets!
Make sure you stay in touch with family, friends, neighbours or others in case you need help or your symptoms worsen.
If you live alone and are concerned about coronavirus, you can call the hotline 1800 675 398 (open 24 hours). Keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.
What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that can cause an infection in people, including a severe respiratory illness. The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
Stay up to date by visiting the Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus website.