What is Coronavirus
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what you need to know.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. 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. Good hygiene can prevent infection. The Department of Health has recommended the below prevention precautions.
Surgical masks in the community are only helpful in preventing people who have coronavirus disease from spreading it to others. If you are well, you do not need to wear a surgical mask as there is little evidence supporting the widespread use of surgical masks in healthy people to prevent transmission in public.
Find out more in our fact sheet about the use of surgical masks.
Everyone should practise good hygiene to protect against infections. Good hygiene includes:
- washing your hands often with soap and water
- using a tissue and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
- avoiding close contact with others, such as touching
Read more about protective measures against coronavirus on the World Health Organization website.
If you have a confirmed case, you need to isolate yourself to prevent it from spreading to other people.
For more information from the Department of Health Click here
Please find attached a letter from the Department of Health’s Chief Medical Officer to Residential Aged Care Providers regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The letter addresses the importance of infection control and health emergency planning in residential care.
Providers are encouraged to consider and share the letter with your services.