30 Mar How to stay safe during COVID-19
How to prevent myself from catching the coronavirus?
This is our most frequently asked question. The level of transmission of Covid within our community is still low, but that might be about to change. It is therefore time to take some precautions.
Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene and keeping your distance from others when you are sick is the best defence against most viruses.
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
• Cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser
• If unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people)
• Exercise personal responsibility for social distancing measures
• Don’t wear a mask unless you have symptoms yourself — masks protect others and not you
The Australian Government has also told us not to take any unnecessary overseas travel.
One way to help slow the spread of viruses such as COVID-19 is social distancing. This means avoiding large public gatherings if they’re not essential and reducing visits to people at higher risk of developing serious symptoms, such as people in residential care facilities and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Westcare Medical Centre is also practising social distancing amongst their staff, and by ensuring vulnerable people do not come to see us, but phone us instead. We have cancelled all meetings, and are separating groups of staff rom each other. Taking these social distancing precautions can help protect the people in our community who are most at risk.