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How to protect yourself and others

Wash your hands regularly and keep your physical distance from others.

COVID-19 is highly contagious

By practising social distancing and standing two arm lengths apart (1.5m), you’re helping to stop coronavirus spreading.

Stay at home

We must all help to slow the spread of the coronavirus, save lives and protect our health workers.

Rules about gatherings and leaving your house

Public health orders have been issued to protect the community and reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection.

Wash your hands regularly

These simple steps can help to protect yourself and the community.

Practise good hygiene by

  • making sure to clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
  • cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or a flexed elbow
  • avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

Make sure you stay home if you are sick.

Social distancing

Social distancing means we reduce the number of close physical and social contacts we have. Combined with good personal hygiene, social distancing can slow the spread of a pandemic through the community. 

This helps protect the most vulnerable members of the community and reduces the impact of the pandemic on essential, life-saving health services.

How and when to self-isolate

You need to self-isolate in your home or hotel room if you have been

  • ordered to quarantine 
  • diagnosed with COVID-19 
  • in contact with a person sick with COVID-19 infection. 

How to take care of your mental health

Take care of your mental health by staying connected, exercising, sticking to a routine, taking breaks from the news and social media, and asking for help when you need it.

Your safety remains our priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. Immediate and ongoing support is available to everyone in NSW to help them through difficult times.

Mental health and safety

Taking care of a sick person

If you are caring for a sick family member with flu-like symptoms there are things you should do to help stop the spread of infection.

  • Care for the sick person in a single room.
  • Keep the door closed and windows open, where possible.
  • Keep the number of carers to a minimum.
  • Always use a hand sanitiser before and after entering the room, or wash hands with soap and water.
  • Keep the sick person’s cups, plates and eating utensils separate to the rest of the household.
  • Wear a surgical mask (single-use face mask) when you are in the sick person’s room, if available.
  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly.
  • Dispose of tissues and masks in a sealed plastic bag and put in the usual household waste.

If your family member becomes very unwell

An ambulance is not needed to transport people to GPs or a hospital unless their condition is serious.

Alternative means of transport should be used including private car driven by a family member or an existing close contact (not bus, train, taxi or ride-share such as Uber).

If symptoms are severe and it is a medical emergency, such as shortness of breath at rest or difficulty breathing, dial 000 and ask for an ambulance.

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