The Australian Government is continuing to take steps to slow the spread of coronavirus in Australia.

The most important action is to practice good hand hygiene.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 per cent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • 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 upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Stay home if you are sick and don’t expose others. If you are unwell with flu-like symptoms, do not go outside your property or home, do not go to work, school or shops unless it is essential.       
  • Get vaccinated for influenza this season when it becomes available. It is not yet known whether COVID-19 could significantly increase the risks of influenza infection



Identifying the symptoms of coronavirus and how they compare to the common cold or flu will ensure we help stop the spread and stay healthy.

Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath.

If you develop symptoms within 14 days of last contact with a confirmed case or of returning to Australia, you should seek medical attention. Your doctor will tell you if you need to get tested.

If you're concerned call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 for advice. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.



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