How to stop the spread of COVID-19

If you are well:

  1. Regular hand cleaning by handwash or handrub after touching people or public/shared surfaces
  2. Clean shared surfaces that are communally used regularly. This might include door handles, elevator buttons or even keyboards/mice in shared workspaces. Some coronaviruses can persist for up to 9 days on surfaces without cleaning.
  3. Minimise person-person contact. Avoid unnecessary kissing, hugging and definitely stop handshaking. It is an outdated and potentially deadly custom. Fistbumps are lower risk of disease spread but still some risk. Best options are footshakes, elbow bumps and even the namaste.
  4. Practice social distancing: keep 1.5m from other people and avoid places where this is not possible (e.g. public gatherings). Work from home whenever possible.
  5. Defer all international travel and consider deferring domestic travel by public transport such as planes, trains and buses.

If you are unwell, with respiratory infection symptoms (e.g. cough, fever)

  1. Isolate yourself at home.
  2. If close proximity to others is unavoidable (e.g in healthcare settings, around family at home), wear a surgical mask during those times. Generally clean your hands very frequently and before touching shared surfaces or other people.
  3. Use cough etiquette when you cough/sneeze: cough into your elbow or cough into a tissue and discard the tissue. If you cough into a tissue or your hands clean your hands immediately.
  4. If you are only mildly unwell with a respiratory infection avoid unnecessary visits to the doctor. The vast majority of respiratory infections are viruses (including COVID-19) and antibiotics will not help at all. Going to the doctor will expose others to your illness and expose you to a waiting room of sick people who may have COVID-19. If you are very unwell, have trouble breathing or feel like you may pass out seek urgent medical care at an Emergency Department or call 000.
  5. If you need advice call the National COVID-19 Hotline 1800 020 080 which is available 24hrs/day, 7 days per week.

For official government information intended for the general public including daily alerts and a range of helpful resources and fact sheets see here

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