The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that is currently sweeping through Australia and the globe is causing major disruption and concern. We are seeing businesses close down, consumers panic buying, and governments enforcing unprecedented controls to try and contain the spread of the virus.
Coronavirus is primarily spread through droplets in the air after someone sneezes or coughs. However, it can also be contracted by touching surfaces where the illness is present, according to the World Health Organisation. The length of time the virus stays alive on surfaces is unknown at this stage, but some viruses can remain active for days.
Establishing and maintaining the following personal and household hygiene standards in line with Department of Health guidelines is absolutely crucial in isolating coronavirus and preventing its spread.
- covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
- disposing of tissues properly
- washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet
- using alcohol-based hand sanitisers
- cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
- if you are sick, avoiding contact with others and staying more than 1.5 metres away from people
- cleaning and sanitising frequently used objects such as mobiles, keys and wallets