Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus for which we have no immunity
Symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia. 80% of people are expected to have a mild illness. Children under 9 generally have milder symptoms, and people 70+ are more at risk.
Evidence is that it spreads from person to person; latest evidence is that droplets are the major cause. Victoria’s Chief Health Officer is stressing the need for ‘social distancing’ – where possible keep at least 1.5 metres away from other people.
Good hygiene can prevent infection, and regular hand washing (warm, soapy water – 20 seconds – rubbing hands together – and dry with paper towel or hand dryer) and/or 60% alcohol based hand sanitiser is recommended.
Try NOT to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
Think you may have been infected? Dedicated hotline 1800 675 398.