You don’t need to wear gloves to protect yourself from getting COVID-19. In fact, wearing gloves could help the spread of the virus to yourself or others. The germs you pick up on gloves can transfer to other surfaces such as your face if you touch it while wearing gloves.
COVID-19 at home
Keep anyone who is sick in the home separate from everyone else. Provide a separate bathroom and bedroom for them, if possible. Only have one person taking care of the sick person. The person should not be high risk and should minimise contact with other members of the household.
Maintain social distancing between a sick person and other members of the household. If you must share a bedroom with the sick person, ensure there is good air flow as much as possible by turning on the fan and opening the windows. Sleep head to toe if you must share a bed and use a divider such as a sheet, pillow, towel or blanket to minimise contact.
COVID-19 and children
If your child is sick, they should not go to school or childcare. If they have COVID-19 symptoms, get them tested.
When dropping off or picking up children from school and extracurricular activities, spend as little time at the school or venue as possible. Contact your child's school if you are unsure about any changes to drop off and pick up routines.
Ensure your children understand and practice good hygiene, including:
regular hand washing using soap and water for at least 20 seconds
covering coughs and sneezes with a flexed elbow or a tissue
throwing away used tissues and cleaning hands afterwards
not sharing food or water bottles.
Give them a small bottle of hand sanitiser to keep in their bag and show them how to use it safely.
Talk with your children about any changes to regular routines they may notice at school. Changes may be stressful or unsettling and children may be worried.
Visit the shops at quieter times like weekdays in the mid-morning or afternoon so you come in contact with fewer people.
Wipe down shared surfaces like trolleys and EFTPOS machines and make sure your hands are clean too.
Rinse fresh produce (fruits and vegetables) with water. Don’t use soap on anything you will eat.
Find supermarkets and local businesses doing home delivery. Ask them to leave your groceries outside the house so you can keep your distance from the delivery person.
Keep seeing your doctor for advice and to manage any chronic health conditions.
If you are feeling unwell, call ahead before you go to the doctor so they can prepare for your visit.
Call ahead to check if your appointment is on time. Let the staff know you have arrived and will be waiting outside or in your car away from other patients.
Ask your doctor if telehealth services are available.
Hospitals and GP clinics may have new rules for waiting areas so entertainment such as magazines and toys may have been removed. Bring your own if you need something to do while you wait.
Clean your hands after touching shared surfaces such as EFTPOS machines and doors.
Order and pick up your medication at the same time. If you need to wait at the pharmacy, be sure to socially distance.
Sports and exercise
Sports for players, coaches and other participants
Make sure everyone washes their hands properly and regularly, especially after touching shared equipment. Everyone should bring their own towel and drink bottle and should not share.
Instead of high fives or handshakes, get creative in celebrating with elbow bumps or cheering while keeping a safe distance from others.
Coaches should keep a spray bottle of disinfectant handy to regularly clean and wipe down shared equipment. Keep separate areas for used and sanitised equipment so no one is confused.
Avoid mingling between groups and make sure everyone knows they should stay home if they feel unwell.
Sports for spectators
Wash your hands properly and regularly and socially distance from others by keeping 1.5 metres away from everyone else.
Practice good hygiene by keeping hand sanitiser and tissues with you and by using designated spectator seating or waiting areas. Follow signage at venues and use separate entry and exit points where possible.
If the venue has an activity sign on sheet for spectators, register your attendance.
Stay home if you’re unwell.
Buses, trains and ferries
Try to avoid peak hours and minimise your contact with other passengers. You can distance yourself by:
standing away from others at a stop, platform or terminal
leaving space between you and the person in front of you when you get on the vehicle
sitting away from other people where possible
waiting for a later service if it’s crowded
following staff advice.
Use contactless payment such as go cards and pre-purchased tickets.
Practice good hygiene by:
minimising contact with shared surfaces like handles and doors
carrying hand sanitiser and using it before and after using public transport
wearing a mask where you know will be busy, especially if you cannot socially distance.
If you are unwell, stay home and contact your doctor for advice.
Taxis and ride sharing services
Maintain social distancing by:
sitting in the back
handling your own luggage
cleaning your hands after touching shared surfaces like EFTPOS machines and handles.
Make sure you take all rubbish with you.
Avoid using taxis or ride sharing services if you are unwell. If you must use one to seek medical assistance, use a face mask and let the driver know you are unwell so they can take additional precautions.
Driving private cars and other vehicles
When you stop for petrol and other essentials:
use hand sanitiser every time you get into your car before touching any other surfaces
use disinfecting wipes on handles and buttons before you touch them
clean your hands after touching shared surfaces like EFTPOS machines.
Bring essentials from home and plan your trip to reduce the number of stops you need to make.