News, News and Events • March 03, 2020

General information about coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Here is some general information for you about Coronavirus.

There is a sign for Coronavirus, it looks like this but in this video I will use CV.

The Coronavirus is like a flu or bad cold.

It can make you sick with: 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Trouble Breathing

Some people will only get a little bit sick, but some will get very sick and need to go to hospital.

There is not much Coronavirus in Australia now, but there might be a lot of people sick with Coronavirus in Australia in the coming months.

There are more people sick with the virus in other countries like China, Italy, Iran and Korea.   If you have been overseas in the last couple of weeks, it is good to find out more information.

If you get the virus, you might have to stay at home for 2 weeks, or the government or your work might ask you to stay home if there is a risk that you can get the virus.

If you have medication or special items or needs such as special food or hand sanitiser, make sure you have a good supply to last a month.

Here are some things you can do to keep safer:

  • Wash your hands back and front with soap many times every day
  • Wash your hands before and after you eat
  • Wash your hands after going to the toilet
    • Count to 20 every time you wash your hands
  • If you cough or sneeze, try to catch it in your elbow
  • Ask support workers to wash their hands, and to stay away if they are sick
  • Use hand sanitizer gel after you touch things in public, like:
  • shopping trolleys
  • door handles
  • light switches
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands – if the virus is on your hands, it might go into your body
  • Make sure you have an emergency contact list somewhere obvious
  • Stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing – the virus can come through the air into your body
  • Don’t shake hands, hug or kiss people
  • Try online shopping for your food and supermarket needs.
  • Use online video to catch up with a friend
  • Use video relay interpreting
  • If you get sick a lot or are immune-compromised, have diabetes, poor lungs or are a smoker, it might be a good idea to avoid events with lots of people.
  • You might want to wear a face mask when you’re in a crowded space if you have a cough or a runny nose
  • If you get a fever, and cough and are worried, stay home and make an appointment with your doctor.
  • If you have a cold and are very sick or breathing is hard for you, call an ambulance.

If you think you are getting sick you can use the NRS to contact HealthDirect which is a government service that operates anytime, day or night, on 1800 022 222 and a nurse will give you advice.

Deaf Can:Do will share more information in Auslan on Facebook, including any interpreted public announcements.

If you want to find out more detail about the coronavirus you should go to; www.health.gov.au/

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