It's easy to feel overwhelmed with all that's happening but there are some practical steps to keep you and yours safe.
- Avoid crowded areas, mass events or large gatherings (especially if indoors). Stay home if you can.
- Don't touch someone—not even a handshake. Try an elbow bump, foot tap, wave or bow. You could even insist your child salutes you instead.
- Wash your hands regularly. Vigorously rub hands together for at least 20 seconds, using soap and water, or use an alcohol-based sanitiser.
- Stay at least 1.5 metres away from someone, especially anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you sneeze or cough. Be sure to throw the used tissue away immediately and wash your hands after.
- If you develop a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of overseas travel or are in contact with someone else who has coronavirus, seek medical attention but be sure to call before you attend your doctor's surgery.
- Face masks aren’t recommended for people without symptoms.
- Importantly, stay at home if you or your child are feeling unwell.
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Health advice changes regularly. Here are some trusted websites to keep up-to-date with the COVID-19 situation:
- The Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus health alert
- New Zealand Government information on COVID-19
- Worldometer COVID-19 statistics
- World Health Organization's rolling updates
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Who to call
Always contact your local hospital emergency department in an emergency.
- Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
- Healthdirect: 1800 022 222
- Government Helpline: 0800 779 997 (9am to 5pm, 7 days a week)