Consumer information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The following information is collected from reliable sources, such as: Australian Government Department of Health, Australian Rheumatology Association, healthdirect, World Health Organisation, Coronacast (podcast with Dr Norman Swan), NPS MedicineWise and more.
While we will endeavour to update this information in a timely manner – as the COVID-19 outbreak is a rapidly changing situation – a lag time may happen from time to time, and therefore our information has been cited at the bottom of each page to give you direct access to the resources.
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COVID-19 specific programs & resources
There are several new programs and resources that can help you through this uncertain time, form telehealth options to the Home Medicines Services.
Medicines Advice regarding COVID-19
Get the latest advice from the Australian Rheumatology Association and EULAR, and other expert organisations.
Mental Health and COVID-19
Beyond Blue recognises and understands the feelings of anxiety, distress and concern many people may be experiencing in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and offers the following wellbeing advice.
Who is most at risk?
In Australia, the people most at risk of being infected are those who have recently travelled internationally. Anyone who arrived in Australia after midnight Sunday March 15, 2020 — including Australian citizens — must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of their arrival.
Advice for public gatherings and visits to vulnerable groups
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee is placing limits on organised gatherings and visits to vulnerable groups.
Protect yourself & others
To help reduce the spread and protect those who are most at risk, it is important that you take the recommended steps to protect yourself and others by practicing good hygiene and social distancing.
Do you need to self-isolate? What does self-isolate mean? Here’s what you need to know.
What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases. COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new coronavirus. It was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.
COVID-19 Symptom Checker
Healthdirect Australia has developed a COVID-19 Symptom Checker, an online self-guided tool to help people find out if they need to seek medical help.
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