Good Hygiene & Physical Distancing

Practicing good hygiene to protect yourself and others involves:

  • covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
  • disposing of tissues properly
  • washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet
  • using alcohol-based hand sanitisers
  • cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
  • if you are sick, avoiding contact with others and staying more than 1.5 metres away from people
  • cleaning and sanitising frequently used objects such as mobiles, keys and wallets.

Read more about protective measures against coronavirus on the World Health Organization website.

One way to slow the spread of viruses is physical distancing (commonly referred to as social distancing).

For example:

  • staying at home when you are unwell
  • avoiding large public gatherings
  • keeping a distance of 1.5 metres between you and other people whenever possible
  • minimising physical contact, especially with people at higher risk such as older people and people with existing health conditions

For more information on social distancing at home, in workplaces, and schools, refer to the government’s Social Distancing Information.

Knowing the Symptoms & Seeking Advice

If someone is sick and thinks they have symptoms of COVID-19, they should seek medical attention and not attend a group gathering of any kind.

Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. People with coronavirus may experience:

  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
  • shortness of breath

If someone has serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help.

If someone wants to discuss their symptoms, they should call the Coronavirus Health Information Line 1800 020 080 for advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

SEEKING MEDICAL ATTENTION:

To seek medical help from a doctor or hospital, call ahead of time to book an appointment.

Follow any instructions given regarding precautions to take when attending for treatment.

Your doctor will tell you if you should be tested and they will arrange for the test.

Self-Isolation

You must to self-isolate and stay at home for 14 days if:

  • you have COVID-19
  • you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • you arrived in Australia after midnight on 15 March 2020

Staying at home means you:

  • do not go to public places such as work, school, shopping centres, childcare or university
  • ask someone to get food and other necessities for you and leave them at your front door
  • do not let visitors in — only people who usually live with you should be in your home
  • do not need to wear a mask in your home, but do wear one if you have to go out (for example to seek medical attention)
  • should stay in touch by phone and online with your family and friends

For more information about home isolation for suspected or confirmed cases refer to the information at health.gov.au website here.

All information above taken from the Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert on 23rd March 2020. For the most up to date information refer to the health.gov.au page directly.