Tips to reduce your risk

There are simple things you can do to protect yourself, your family and the community during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Get tested and stay home if you have symptoms

It is more important than ever to get tested and stay home if you have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild.

  • Do not go to work or school.
  • Do not visit anyone, especially older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions.

Wash your hands

Good hygiene is critical for slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Everyone should be taking the following hygiene actions:

Wash your hands

  • Wash your hands regularly with for at least 20 seconds, using soap and water or use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Wash your hands when you get home, arrive at other people’s homes, at venues or at work.
  • Wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or using the toilet.

Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands

  • Cover your nose or mouth with a tissue, then throw it away and wash your hands.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Do not share drink bottles, glasses, crockery or cutlery other than with people you live with.

Keep your distance – stay 1.5 metres away from people you don’t live with

  • Greet people with a smile or wave - don’t shake hands, hug or kiss as a greeting.
  • Stay 1.5 metres away from people you don’t live with.
  • Avoid crowds, especially indoors.
  • When waiting in line or walking through busy areas, be patient, give others space so they can give you yours.

Wear a mask

If you are leaving home you should wear a face mask such as a cloth mask or surgical mask.

Watch our video showing how to wear a face mask safely.

Cleaning

Cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces regularly (for example phones, keyboards, door handles, light switches, bench tops) can help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • First step is cleaning, which means wiping dirt and germs off a surface. You can use common household detergent products stocked at supermarkets for cleaning.
  • Second step is to disinfect the surface. Supermarkets stock common household disinfection products – it is important to use products that are labelled "disinfectant" and to follow the instructions on the label.

Please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website for more advice and regular updates.

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