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Slowing the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

17 Mar 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading throughout the Australian community.

There is greater risk of COVID-19 causing serious illness in individuals living in communities with chronic disease, such as remote Indigenous communities.

What individuals can do

To limit the spread of Coronavirus to and within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, individuals are asked to take the following precautions:

  • Do not travel to a remote community unless necessary

  • To prevent germs spreading, wash your hands often with soap and water or with disinfectant rub for about 20 seconds

    • Clean hands are essential before eating or preparing food, and after going to the bathroom

  • Avoid touching your own eyes, mouth and nose

  • Shower regularly and practice good hygiene

  • Avoid touching other people (hugs, handshaking) unless absolutely necessary

  • Maintain your distance from people who are coughing or sneezing as much as possible

  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you are concerned and have a fever, cough, sore throat and/or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention but call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

What community leaders can do

Community leaders can:

  • Consider options for restricting non-essential travel in and out of communities.

  • Identify the most effective way to communicate messages to your community (eg. Shop noticeboards, men’s groups, mother’s groups, schools, Facebook, community radio)

  • Promote good hygiene practices and make available handwashing/hygiene facilities throughout the community.

Find out more

For more information, see Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert.

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