Updated Information about the Coronavirus

 28 January 2020

washing hands with soap under a tap

The State Government has issued updated advice about the Coronavirus. 

Australia’s Chief Medical Officer is now recommending anyone who has travelled in the Hubei province, including Wuhan City, should self-isolate for 14 days after leaving the Hubei province. 

The self-isolation recommendation applies to people of all ages. Adults should not attend work and children should not attend school. Both adults and children should avoid going to shops, restaurants and other public places.

People should also self-isolate if they have a confirmed case of coronavirus or have been in contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advises Victorians and visitors returning from Hubei Province or other locations in China to closely monitor their health.

Any people who develop symptoms of fever and breathing difficulty or cough within 14 days of travel to Hubei Province, China, or who has had contact with a confirmed case should seek medical help immediately and advise of their travel history.

English - Coronavirus FAQ for the Victorian Public (pdf, 304KB)

Simplified Chinese - Coronavirus FAQ for the Victorian Public. (pdf, 310KB) 

There are things you can do to protect yourself:

Wash your hands regularly

  • Wet your hands.
  • Put soap on your hands.
  • Rub the soap over all parts of your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Rinse your hands under running water.
  • Dry your hands thoroughly with disposable paper towel or hand dryer.

Cover your cough and sneeze

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put your used tissue in the rubbish bin.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands with soap and running water.
  • Dry your hands thoroughly with a disposable paper towel or hand dryer.

Find out more at the Department of Health and Human Services website.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call 1800 675 398. 

 

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