What can you do to minimise the risk of infection?
Good personal hygiene is the most effective precautionary measure against coronavirus infection. Simple steps you can take include:
- Washing your hands frequently with soap and warm running water.
- Using a hand sanitiser regularly.
- Avoiding close contact with individuals who display flu-like symptoms.
- Avoiding touching your face with your hands to the extent practicable.
As a general practice, if you are unwell with a cold, flu or other infection and have symptoms that include coughing, sneezing or a runny nose, it is important that you stay at home until you are fully recovered, to avoid infecting other people.
Other steps include:
- Avoid non-essential public gatherings of more than 500 people.
- Avoid all non-essential overseas travel.
If you have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, you are required to self-isolate. This means you must not attend public and common areas such as supermarkets, public transport and workplaces.
If you develop flu-like symptoms following recent travel or transit through one of the high-risk countries or have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, it is vitally important that you:
- isolate yourself from other people immediately;
- contact your GP and advise them about your symptoms, travel history and any recent close contact with an infected person; and/or
- call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 022 222 and, if necessary, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
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It is important that you keep up to date with medical and travel advice from the sources listed below to minimise the risk of coronavirus infection for yourself, your family and the community.
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