Health

Save lives and help slow the spread of coronavirus in Australia

Stay home

  • Don’t leave home unless you have to.
  • You should avoid leaving your house for any non-essential activity.
  • Don’t invite family or friends into your home.
  • Stay at home unless you are:
    • going to work or education (if you are unable to do so at home)
    • shopping for essential supplies such as groceries (return home without delay)
    • going out for personal exercise in the neighbourhood, on your own or with one other person
    • attending medical appointments or compassionate visits.
  • Medical services, supermarkets, banks, petrol stations, postal and home delivery services remain open.

Stay safe

  • Always practise good hygiene, wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, cover your coughs, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Maintain social distance of at least 1.5 metres when outside your home.
  • Avoid physical greetings such as handshaking, hugs and kisses.
  • Use tap and go instead of cash.
  • Travel at quiet times and avoid crowds.
  • Be well informed – only use trusted official information. Download the Coronavirus Australia mobile phone app, subscribe to the Coronavirus Australia WhatsApp service, and visit www.australia.gov.au for the latest information.

Stay connected

  • Check in on family and friends by phone or online.
  • Deliver groceries and essential goods to older relatives and vulnerable people. Leave them at the door.
  • Key volunteer organisations and charities can provide services to people who need them most.

Health information

Symptoms of coronavirus include:

  • fever
  • coughing
  • sore throat
  • fatigue
  • shortness of breath

If you are sick and think you might have coronavirus, seek medical help.

You can call the National Coronavirus Helpline for information. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help. The Department of Health’s website has a range of information available in languages other than English to help people stay safe and minimise risks to the community.