Important message regarding the Coronavirus

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Wednesday 12 February 2020
Have you been in China in the past 14 days?
If so:
•stay at home (self-quarantine)
•avoid public settings - this means you should not attend work, school, childcare or university or go to other public places such as restaurants, cinemas or shopping centres and should not use public transport
•do this for 14 days after landing in Australia (other than when seeking medical care)

If you have been in close contact with someone who already has novel coronavirus:
•stay at home (self-quarantine)
•avoid public settings for 14 days after you last came into contact with them

If you fall into the risk groups above and begin to feel unwell and develop a fever or shortness of breath, a cough or respiratory illness during your period of isolation (self-quarantine), you should seek immediate medical attention.

Call ahead to your GP or emergency department and mention your travel history before you arrive.

If you are concerned call the Department of Health and Human Service’s coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

If you are not in any of the risk groups above, you should go about your daily life and travel and work or study as normal.

What else can you do?
•You should pay close attention to good hand hygiene. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially before eating and after using the toilet.
•Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a tissue - or cough into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue into a bin and then wash your hands afterwards.
•Face masks are not recommended for use by members of the public in Victoria, although anyone who wants to be cautious can of course choose to wear one.

messages associated with novel coronavirus, including resources translated into Chinese:
https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/information-public-novel-coronavirus

The Chief Health Officer has also issued a video to counter-act myths about Coronavirus.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJU_T9D60xU&feature=youtu.be