Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against most viruses. You should:
- wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet;
- cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser;
- and if unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 meters from people).
Furthermore, while coronavirus is of concern, it is important to remember that most people displaying symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or tiredness are likely suffering with a cold or other respiratory illness – not coronavirus.
For those working in other settings we recommend speaking to your manager(s) and supervisor(s) and make sure you are aware of internal policies and procedures.
We share many members’ concerns about the reports of racist behaviour, and the panic in the community that may impact on vulnerable groups.
We encourage you to look out for the well-being and safety of yourself, colleagues and the people you work with. If you would like to keep up-to-date and for the latest advice, information and resources, go to www.health.gov.au.
You can also Call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.