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Resources for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is part of a family of viruses that can make humans and animals sick. They cause illnesses that can range from the common cold to more severe diseases.
Symptoms of COVID-19 range from a mild cough to pneumonia. Some people recover easily, others may get very sick very quickly. There is evidence that it spreads from person to person.
The exact risk and impact of COVID-19 is still unclear, and there is a lot of speculation and anxiety. But, having a plan and access to good information will help you to keep you and your loved ones as healthy as possible.
This page provides information about, and links to 1) Information about COVID-19, 2) Preparation, 3) Maintaining Mental and Physical Wellbeing.
1) Information about COVID-19
- For the latest medical advice and official reports go to the Australian Federal Government, Department of Health: Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert, which is updated daily and includes:
- Information about the current situation and case numbers
- What you need to know about Coronavirus (COVID-19) including symptoms, how it spreads, how to protect yourself and others, and how to seek medical attention
- Advice for people at risk, travellers, and the health and aged care sector
- Information about the government response to the COVID-19 outbreak
- Helpful resources for the general public and industry, and health professionals, as well as translated resources in Arabic, Vietnamese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Farsi, Italian and Korean
- For more information call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line (24/7 telephone line); Ph 1800 020 080
- Visit your local state and territory health department website
- Visit the WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic page for more information, including:
- Stock up on medications and essential food supplies, tinned goods, rice, pasta, etc, to last at least two weeks
- Get a flu shot when available
- Reduce your stress by avoiding the 24/7 news cycle (including some social media)
- Remember to make time and effort to look after your own wellbeing. For more information you can read our 10 psychological tips for coping with infectious diseases
- If you’re feeling overwhelmed, access support. You can:
- Speak with friends or family. It can help to let people know how you feel, but your family and friends might also appreciate talking to you about how they feel
- Call MindSpot (1800 61 44 34)
- Call Beyondblue (1300 22 4636)
- Call Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800)
- Call Lifeline (13 43 57)
3) Staying Mentally and Physically Well
If you have been in contact with the virus, you may need to self-isolate at home. It’s natural for people to feel a range of emotions in this situation, such as stress, worry, anxiety, boredom or low mood. You may find the following tips helpful to cope and maintain your emotional wellbeing: