What is it?

It is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China

Symptoms

Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and may include (but are not limited to):

Prevention: Simple steps to stop the spread

Wash your hands with soap & water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser frequently, including before and after food.

Cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the bin immediately and wash your hands.

Clean objects and surfaces regularly that are frequently touched such as door handles, light switches, kitchen and bathroom areas.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Maintain social distancing. Avoid close contact and keep at least one metre between yourself and anyone.

Travel should be avoided – especially if you have a fever or cough. Follow all travel advice from SmartTraveller and official sources.

Advice

Everybody is at risk of contracting COVID-19 so you need to protect yourself and others. Please stay at home as much as possible and only visit your local Pharmacy when it is essential.  If you require a prescription medication please contact your local pharmacy to enquire about the availability of home delivery services.  People aged 70 years and over, people aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions, people with compromised immune systems, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50, are at greater risk of more serious illness if they are infected with coronavirus.

For information on mental health and safety see here.

Seek medical attention immediately and isolate yourself from others if you’re feeling unwell and experiencing any of the above symptoms.

For more information on Covid-19 visit www.health.gov.au