COVID-19 help and advice for the community
Everyone should take steps to protect themselves and others from the spread of coronavirus in the coming weeks and months. Even if you think you're healthy, it's important to help protect our most vulnerable community members - health care workers, Indigenous Australians, older people, those people living with chronic diseases and who are immunocompromised.
It's also important to reduce the impact now so that our hospitals and health services don't become overwhelmed and have to turn others who are sick with other illnesses, injuries and complications requiring surgery away.
You shouldn't however put off your normal health checks or other health concerns, as doctors’ clinics are open and you can get medical advice through telehealth and telephone consultations.
On 26 April, the Australian Government released the COVIDSafe app, which aims to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by finding and containing outbreaks quickly. It has been said that the more people download this app, the sooner we can safely lift physical distancing restrictions - click here for more information.
The steps everyone can take to reduce the risk now:
- Stay at home if you feel sick.
- Minimise your contact with others (known and physical or social distancing).
- Wash your hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Drying 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 elbow.
- Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces (particularly mobile phones!) regularly.
- Phone your doctor or the hotline (below) – if you need medical attention - do not turn up to health services if you have any symptoms.
- Any concerned member of the Victorian public can call the Coronavirus hotline for information and discuss further actions on 1800 675 398. The National Coronavirus Health Information Line is also available on 1800 020 080. If you require translating or interpreting services, you can call 131 450.
For more information and resources:
- Check your symptoms
- Use the self-assessment flowchart
- Protect yourself and others
- Information on social distancing
- Self-assessment for risk of coronavirus (COVID-19)
- 'Stay at home' and 'Restricted activities' directions - frequently asked questions
- Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
- Advice for travellers
- A message for pregnant women and their families
- Gayaa Dhuwi Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources for staying healthy and strong during the coronavirus outbreak
- COVID-19 tips for carers, families and friends of people living with Dementia
- Information sheet for people with Parkinson's
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) isolation guidance
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Temporary closure poster for businesses
- NSW employee rights and workplace responsibilities to help manage the impact of COVID-19
- Victorian advice, updates and support to help workplaces plan and respond to COVID-19
- My business’s COVIDSafe plan
- EthnoLink translation agency has COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information available in 49 different languages
- SBS news and information available in 63 languages
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