Australian Government - Department of Health

"COVID-19" is a pandemic - The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced. We need to know everything about it, in language you can understand to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Everyone's body is different, and because symptoms are causes by your immune system and not the virus itself, different people can have slightly different symptoms when they have the same virus, and some people's symptoms will be worse than others.

If your're sick with COVID-19, your symptoms might includes:

- fever

- a cough

- sore throat

- fatigue

- shortness of breath.

How to protect yourself and others from getting it?

Everyone must practice good hygiene to protect against infection and prevent the virus spreading like washing your hands often or try to stay at least 1.5 meters away from people who are coughing or sneezing, etc.

Look after yourself by keeping healthy habits in mind every day such as eating a healthy, balanced diet, getting regular physical activity, sleeping well.

If you are sick with symptoms of COVID-19 (event you haven't been overseas and you haven't been near someone who has COVID-19), you still need to see a doctor immediately because you might have COVID-19. Before your appointment, you may have been in contact with a potential case of COVID-19. Please wear a facemask and isolate yourself to prevent it spreading to other people.

Staying home if you're sick is the best thing you can do to protect others.

If you ave serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help.

Additional advice:

A collection of National Health Plan resources includes fact sheets for the general public, health professionals and industry that outline the funding measures available to help combat coronavirus (COVID-19) available at:

• Australian Government (Department of Health) website at:

For further information, feel free to contact us at or (08) 9345 0499.

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