Staying Safe during the Coronavirus Pandemic

As Australia prepares for a global coronavirus pandemic it’s important to make sure you and your family stays in good health. Here is some important information to protect yourself and others from the Coronavirus.

How to protect yourself from the coronavirus pandemic

Use soap and water while washing your hands.

Germs are located on a layer of acidic fats, oils and cellular debris on the surface of your skin. Using soap dissolves this layer which allows the germs to be dislodged from your skin. It is also important to use liquid soap as opposed to bar soap in public places.

Take your time while washing your hands.

Ensure that you are doing a thorough clean of your hands under clean running water for at least 20 seconds.

Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Your hands carry viruses that they pick up from different surfaces which can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth and enter your body and cause illness.

Maintain your distance from other people.

When people cough or sneeze, small droplets of liquid are sprayed from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you do not maintain a distance of at least one metre you are at risk of breathing in the droplets of an infected person.

Seek medical care early if showing any signs of illness.

If you have a cough, fever or any respiratory issues see your doctor or one of our doctors right now.

Protect others by covering your mouth.

When you sneeze or cough ensure that you are covering your mouth with a tissue or into your bent elbow. Also ensure that you dispose of tissues immediately after use.

Lastly, stay informed about the virus.

Ensure that you are staying up to date with developments about the virus. Also follow any advice given to you by your healthcare providers or public health authorities to protect yourself and others from Coronavirus.

Avoid infection – use Doctors on Demand if you are concerned.

The first cases of human to human transmission of coronavirus have now occurred in Australia. Reduce the risk of infection by steering clear of medical practices and instead use our online doctors service.

Further Concerns?

If you have any concerns regarding coronavirus, we have doctors available 24/7 and are accessible across Australia through your mobile, laptop or smart device. Simply book a video consultation with one of our excellent GPs online.

 

 

References:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2020-03-01/hand-washings-role-in-stopping-coronavirus-covid-19-spread/12014020

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-02/coronavirus-human-to-human-spread-in-australia/12018198

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