26 Mar Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert From Ken O’Dowd MP
With The World Health Organization recently declaring COVID-19 as a pandemic, it is imperative that every Australian makes a considerable effort to help slow down the spread of COVID-19 throughout our nation.
Viruses like flu and Coronavirus spread when tiny droplets from coughs and sneezes are inhaled or land on surfaces that others touch. So what can you do to help stop the spread of viruses – like flu and coronavirus? It is absolutely essential that every Australian adopts good hygiene practises.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible because handwashing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands. But if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. That means washing your hands with soap and water for at a minimum of 20 seconds whenever you:
- Cough, sneeze or blow your nose
- Prepare food or eat
- Care for someone sick
- Touch your face
- Use the toilet
You can further help reduce this risk by coughing or sneezing into your elbow or upper arm. Or, use a tissue, and put the tissue in the bin straight after. Then wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
As the coronavirus outbreak continues, it’s important to stay well informed. A national plan has been activated to manage the virus and support our community. As more is learned about the virus and the way it spreads, the plan will be adapted and we will let you know about the latest advice. As Prime Minister Scott Morrison said last Wednesday;
“There’s a lot of misinformation out there. There’s a lot of ridiculous stuff circulating on text messages and the internet about lockdowns and all of this and sadly, there’s even been cases of wilful fraud and misrepresentation and fraudulent preparation of documents, even recordings, alleging to represent Cabinet meetings and things of this nature. Don’t believe it, it’s rubbish. Go to health.gov.au – Go to the relevant state health websites to get your information on what’s happening. Avoid all that nonsense that you’re seeing on social media.”
To receive the most up-to-date and accurate information Australians should visit health.gov.au – and together, we can help stop the spread and stay healthy.