Health Tips

The coronavirus conversation is all over our TVs, newsfeeds and social circles.
It can all be a lot to take in, and it’s not going away for a while. The amount of information can be overwhelming – a lot of it not exactly helpful, useful or accurate – so it’s good to know where you can find stats, news and advice that you can trust. As a rule, head to sites sponsored by government agencies first, so you know what you’re reading is completely credible.
How to reduce your risk of coronavirus?
The ways to reduce your risk of coronavirus are to:
  • Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • If you don't have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick.
  • If you take medication ensure you have adequate supplies.
  • Phone your doctor (GP) first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
  • Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep, and now is the time to quit smoking.
  • Don't wear a face mask if you are well.
  • Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.
  • Get the flu shot (available April). Avoid shaking hands.

Health Links

World Health Organization

These materials are regularly updated based on new scientific findings as the epidemic evolves. Last updated 18 March 2020

who.int

Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert

The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. Find out how we are monitoring and responding to the outbreak, how you can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, and what to do if you have symptoms. We also report the latest official medical advice and case numbers.

health.gov.au

Coronavirus Update (Live): 349,676 Cases and 15,303 Deaths from COVID-19 Virus Outbreak - Worldometer

Live statistics and coronavirus news tracking the number of confirmed cases, recovered patients, and death toll by country due to the COVID 19 coronavirus from Wuhan, China. Coronavirus counter with new cases, historical data, and info. Daily charts, graphs, news and updates

worldometers.info

Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019)

As of December 2019, coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a newly identified virus that can cause respiratory illness, including pneumonia.

betterhealth.vic.gov.au

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

NHS advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), including what to do if you think you have it and how to reduce your chances of getting it.

nhs.uk

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

cdc.gov

Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)

WHO is continuously monitoring and responding to this outbreak. This Q&A will be updated as more is known about COVID-19, how it spreads and how it is affecting people worldwide. For more information, check back regularly on WHO’s coronavirus pages. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

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Coronavirus

The human coronaviruses mainly infect the upper respiratory and gastrointestinal tract. They often result in upper respiratory tract infections (simple colds) in humans, causing mild illnesses usually of short lasting nature with a rhinitis, cough, sore throat, as well as fever.

ecdc.europa.eu
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