Friday, 13 Mar 2020

Healthy choices we all can make during the COVID-19 outbreak

Due to the rate at which COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has spread globally, the World Health Orgnisation (WHO) upgraded the threat to a pandemic. While serious, a pandemic label does not mean that it has become more deadly, it is an acknowledgement of its global spread.

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness. Symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia. Some people recover easily, others may get very sick very quickly. There is evidence that it spreads from person to person.

How to prevent COVID-19?

The following measures, courtesy of WHO, can help reduce personal risk during the COVID-19 outbreak. 


Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands. Soap and water are preferred but an alcohol-based hand rub can be used if it isn't available.


Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and anyone who is not living in the same household as you (or who is coughing or sneezing).


Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. 


Seek medical care early
Stay home where possible. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance.


Personal hygiene is always important, and an essential part of our program, but critical during this time.

Where can I get reliable information?

Updated regularly, the Australian Government have established communication channels on WhatsApp (www.aus.gov.au/whatsapp) and via the Coronavirus Australia App (available on Apple and Android).