Frequently asked Questions Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert
The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
Symptoms can include:
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
If you are sick and think you might have COVID-19, check your symptoms using healthdirect’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker: click here
HOW TO PREVENT INFECTION AND TO SLOW TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19
To prevent and slow the transmission of COVID-19, you must:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub.
- Social Distancing of 1.5metre distance is currently in place.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Avoid people who are coughing or sneezing, as germs may travel several metres in the air around them.
- Stay home if you feel unwell.
- Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
- Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.
HOW CAN I SEEK MEDICAL HELP?
Seek immediate medical attention and always call before visiting your doctor or health facility if you believe you are developing COVID-19 symptoms.
- If you want to talk to someone about your symptoms, call the National Coronavirus Helpline for advice on : 1800 020 080
- To seek medical help from a doctor or hospital, call ahead of time to book an appointment.
- Find out below if there is a GP respiratory clinic in your state/territory and near your area and how to register for an appointment:
WHAT IS THE COVIDSAFE APP AND SHOULD I DOWNLOAD IT?
The COVIDSafe app is part of our work to slow the spread of COVID-19. Having confidence we can find and contain outbreaks quickly will mean governments can ease restrictions while still keeping Australians safe.
The new COVIDSafe app is completely voluntary. Downloading the app is something you can do to protect you, your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians. The more Australians connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker we can find the virus.
Download the COVIDSafe app, click here
TRAVEL ADVICE: WHAT ARE THE CURRENT AUSTRALIAN TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS?
The Federal Government advises all Australian Citizens to not travel overseas at this time.
The Australian Borders are currently closed except for Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents. For detailed information as to who can be let into the country, please visit www.homeaffairs.gov.au.
State and territory border closures due to COVID-19
Some states and territories in Australia have closed their borders to non-essential travel due to COVID-19. Here’s what you need to know.
Each state or territory has their own entry requirements. The most up-to-date information about entry conditions, forms and requirements is on the government website of the state and territory you are travelling to.Queensland border closure: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, entry into Queensland is temporarily prohibited unless the travel is exempt under the Chief Health Officer’s Border Restrictions Direction. Entry into Queensland is only permitted to persons who are eligible for an exemption. People intending to travel across the border are encouraged to apply for a Queensland Entry Pass to avoid delays at the border. Border restrictions Direction
WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCING?
- Stay home if you’re sick. …
- Keep 1.5 metres away from others as much as you can—think two big steps.
- void shaking hands, kissing or hugging others.
- If you can, work from home.
- Outdoor gatherings of up to 20 people.
- Gatherings at home of up to 20 people including the household.
WHY IS SOCIAL DISTANCING IMPORTANT FOR CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
Social distancing is important because COVID-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:
- direct close contact with a person while they are infectious or in the 24 hours before their symptoms appeared
- close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes, or
- touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.
- The more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.
STRATEGIES ON HOW TO KEEP YOUR DISTANCE IN PUBLIC, AT HOME, AND AT WORK
Below are some ways to keep you distance in public, at home, and at work to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Social distancing in public:
- stay at home and only go out if it is absolutely essential
- keep 1.5 metres away from others
- avoid physical greetings such as handshaking, hugs and kisses
- use tap and go instead of cash
- travel at quiet times and avoid crowds
- avoid public gatherings and at risk groups like older people
- practise good hygiene
Social distancing at home:
Under the Movement and Gathering Direction, from 12 pm midday 1 June 2020 you can:
- have a gathering in your home or in a public place with a maximum of 20 people including yourself, members of your household or others
- travel within Queensland, with no limit on distance
- stay overnight at a place that is not your home.
- exercising — in a public space such as a park, still to observe social distancing rules of 1.5 metres.
Social distancing at work:
If you can, work from home. If you cannot work from home and you are sick, you must not attend your workplace.
Steps for social distancing in the workplace include:
- stop shaking hands to greet others
- consider cancelling non-essential meetings. If needed, hold meetings via video conferencing or phone call
- put off large meetings to a later date
- hold essential meetings outside in the open air if possible
- promote good hand, sneeze and cough hygiene
- provide alcohol-based hand rub for all staff
- eat lunch at your desk or outside rather than in the lunch room
- regularly clean and disinfect surfaces that many people touch
- open windows or adjust air conditioning for more ventilation
- limit food handling and sharing of food in the workplace
- avoid non-essential travel
- promote strict hygiene among food preparation (canteen) staff and their close contacts
For more information on social distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19), visit Australian Government Department of Health
HOW CAN I KEEP IN TOUCH WITH OTHERS WHILE PRACTISING SOCIAL DISTANCING?
You can still keep in touch with family, friends, work colleagues and others while you practise social distancing by:
use video chats
make phone calls to people you would normally catch up with in person
use online groups to interact
chat with neighbours while keeping 1.5 metres apart
look after your mental health by visiting Head to Health website for more information, click here
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