March 16, 2020

Coronavirus Information

It’s important to get the facts about COVID-19.

Find out how you can stay healthy and play your part in stopping its spread.
Coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus.

Symptoms of COVID-19

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough.
You might also experience aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.

Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

How can I protect myself?
COVOD-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth. When a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales, these droplets land on objects and surfaces. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets.

You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands
  • Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses and transfer them to your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Make sure you follow good respiratory hygiene by covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots. If possible, avoid traveling to these places especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.

What should I do if I feel unwell?

If you begin to feel unwell, get in touch with your local Stockdale office:
Melbourne (03) 9286 2777 or Sydney (02) 9580 3344

If you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, seek medical advice especially if you have underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
Where can I get more information?

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority.

You can also contact the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 808. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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