Avoid large gatherings
The Federal Government has suspended many non-essential services to reduce the spread of the virus. A full list of impacted services can be found here. The Government has limited most indoor and outdoor non-essential gatherings to 2 people More information about the size restrictions on essential gatherings can be found here.
Washing your hands
Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitiser kills viruses that may be on your hands.
To wash your hands effectively:
- Wet hands with running water (preferably warm).
- Apply soap or liquid soap. Normal soap is just as good as antibacterial soap.
- Rub your hands together, covering all surfaces, including the back of your hands and between your fingers.
- Rub hands together for a further 20 seconds.
- Rinse hands, making sure you remove all soap.
- Turn off tap using your elbow or paper towel.
- Dry your hands thoroughly with a paper towel or clean hand towel.
If you cannot wash your hands, carry hand sanitiser with you to use frequently. Use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol.
For more information about protective measures against COVID-19, please visit the World Health Organization.
Practice good hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
You should also:
- Avoid touching your face, including rubbing eyes
- Avoid handshaking, hugging, air kissing, touching or group selfies
- Disinfect high touch surfaces regularly and keep your desk, keyboard and mouse clean and tidy
Food and drink
- Don't share food or drink
- Eat lunch at your desk or in your room in preference to using common rooms
If you’re unwell
While the Australian Government recommends you stay home as much as practicable even if you are well, this is particularly important if you become ill. The below diagram provides a simple guide explaining what you should do if you are unwell.
More information on how to stop the spread can be found on the Department of Health website. You can also check your symptoms using the healthdirect coronavirus (COVID-19) symptom checker or call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 for more information.
For resources on COVID-19 in 24 different languages, check out EthnoLink’s multilingual resource library.