COVID-19 is a new disease that infects the respiratory (breathing) system: the nose, throat and lungs. It is caused by a new type of coronavirus that spreads easily from person to person. Understanding the virus and how it spreads will help you to protect yourself and others. Here, the Red Cross Organisation provides posters in many languages to aid understanding of what to do with the coronavirus challenge.
Good hygiene can prevent infection. The most useful steps you can take are:
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
- Cough or sneeze into your sleave or a tissue. Throw used tissues in the bin and wash your hands.
- Try and keep a 1.5-metre distance between yourself and others: avoid large public gathering, minimise physical contact such as shaking hands, and stay at home when you are unwell.
- If you been diagnosed with COVID-19, you must stay at home to prevent it spreading to other people.
Trusted sources for up-to-date information
- Department of Health
- healthdirect coronavirus hub
- healthdirect Symptom Checker
- Hotline for non-medical information 1800 020 080
- Hotline for people with symptoms 1800 022 222
- Travel advice