COVID-19 is affecting people across the world. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others.

For more information on how you can help stop the spread, please visit the World Health Organisation website.

For infographics, social media tiles and downloadable resources on COVID-19 created for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities click here:

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The Coronavirus explained and what should you do (check out the animated video link below)

Remember to take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water

    Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and unnecessary physical contact with others.

    Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

  • Cover your cough and sneeze with the bend of your elbow or a tissue.

    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. Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

  • Stay at home if you feel unwell - even with a slight fever and cough.

    Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover. Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.

  • Avoid large gatherings and crowded public areas and practice social distancing.

    Maintain at least 1.5 metre (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

  • If you have a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing contact your local medical service by phone.

    Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections

  • Stay up to date and aware of all relevant information at the appropriate sources.

    Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

Source: World Health Organisation