We are learning more about COVID-19 (coronavirus) every day. That’s a good thing, because facts can help to allay the fear caused by misinformation.
The Australian Government response to the virus is ramping up and additional health resources have been promised to meet rising demand for information and support. Pop-up respiratory clinics will support people with milder cases of the virus to free up hospitals for more specialist care. People who are isolated will be able to access medical services from home by audio or video. And additional staff have been deployed to answer the government hotline.
COVID-19 is likely to impact our lives for some time to come. There is no vaccine available yet. So it will come down to our collective hygiene measures to try and minimise the spread of infection. The most effective measures are frequent hand washing, covering a cough with bent elbow or tissue, and keeping at least 1 metre distance from people who are coughing or sneezing.
It’s important to refer to accurate and trusted information. The Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, and the state and territory health officers are advising Australian governments and helping them coordinate their response. They are the most reliable sources of information about the virus and the Health Department is making regular updates to the public.
The following links provide the latest information to assist with preventing the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 hotline: 1800 020 080
Latest travel restrictions
What to do if you need to self-isolate
Should I use a surgical mask?
Do I need to be tested for coronavirus?
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