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 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
- shortness of breath.
Other early symptoms to watch for are
- chills and body aches or muscle pain
- a sore throat
- runny nose
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.
Stop the flu before it stops you - SA Health