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How to protect your Elders, family and you from Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated April 30, 2020


What is coronavirus?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a newly discovered virus that can cause a bad lung infection.

The information on this page is intended for Aboriginal communities in our Local Health District.

You can download a PDF version of this resource by clicking here.

Can I catch it?

COVID-19 is spread when a person who has it coughs or sneezes near others. It is also spread when an infected person coughs or sneeze on objects used by others like door handles or a mobile phone.

How can I stay safe?

The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to wash your hands often and keep two arm lengths or a 1.5 metre space between you and other people.

Throw used tissues in the bin and sneeze or cough into your elbow.

Stay at home and away from other people in your house if you are unwell.

Don’t smoke or share cigarettes and try not to kiss or shake hands with people.

Sorry business and other large gatherings are very important. But these types of events put Elders and others who are already sick at serious risk. Keep yourself safe by staying away from gatherings or crowds.

Make sure you stay home if you are sick. If you develop a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath seek medical attention. Call your GP or Healthdirect 1800 022 222 (a 24-hour help line).

In an emergency dial triple zero (000) or visit your local emergency department.

What happens if you catch it?

COVID-19 makes you feel like you have a cold or flu. Sometimes it can be worse and it can give you a bad lung infection.

In some cases it can cause death. People with diabetes, or heart or lung illness can become very sick if they get COVID-19.

Common symptoms are fever, cough and runny nose.

Other reported symptoms of COVID-19 include loss of smell, loss of taste, runny nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting and loss of appetite.

Can I be tested?

Our testing clinics are for anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Common COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, tiredness, a sore throat or shortness of breath.

You should also attend one of our clinics if your GP or the Public Health Unit has asked you to get a test.

Find more information about our response to COVID-19, including the locations of our testing clinics, click here.

For information about Coronavirus Clinics in other parts of NSW, click here.

What is self or home isolation?

If you are unwell, with COVID-19 or another illness, you should stay at home until you are well. This is usually up to 14 days. If you are sharing your home with others, you should stay in a different room or be separated as much as possible.

If you need groceries or medicines, ask a family member or friend (who is not in isolation) to deliver them to your home and leave them at your door.

Where can I learn more?

NSW Health has more resources on their website to help keep you and your community safe.