Everyday precautions

Practising good hygiene is the first step in preventing the spread of disease.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry them with paper towel or a hand dryer. Alternatively use alcohol based hand sanitisers.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.

Social distancing

Social distancing means avoiding close contact and crowded places wherever possible.

Social distancing in public means people should:

  • Maintain a minimum social distance of 1.5 metres, and when you're in an enclosed space have no more than one person per 4-square metres.
  • stay at home and only go out if it is absolutely essential
  • avoid physical greetings such as handshaking, hugs and kisses
  • pay using tap-and-go instead of cash
  • travel at quiet times and avoid crowds
  • avoid public gatherings and at-risk groups like older people

Symptoms of COVID-19

Monitor for symptoms such as

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath.

Other early symptoms to watch for are

  • chills and body aches or muscle pain
  • a sore throat
  • headaches
  • runny nose
  • diarrhoea.

If you develop symptoms

If you are unwell or develop symptoms, stay at home and isolate.

  • Do not go to public places or attend work, schools, or universities.
  • Do not visit healthcare facilities. Call ahead to seek advice.
  • Do not visit aged care facilities.
  • Seek out the seasonal flu vaccination or call your GP or health care provider.

If you have recently returned from overseas or interstate, or been in direct contact with a person who has COVID-19 and you suspect you have COVID-19, contact a COVID-19 clinic or testing centre for further information.

Help protect other people's health

  • If you are unwell in any way, avoid visiting loved ones, friends and family in hospitals and aged care facilities.
  • Observe restrictions on visits to aged care facilities. Visit only for a short duration and abide by the limit of a maximum of one visit per resident per day, which may include a maximum of two people, except for palliative care.
  • Children under the age of 16 are only permitted to attend aged care facilities in exceptional circumstances.

More information

Stop the flu before it stops you - SA Health