Stop the spread — coronavirus (COVID-19)
There are 5 ways we can all help stop the spread of viruses
- Stay home if you’re sick. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, get tested.
- Clean your hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth. And avoid shaking hands.
- Keep 1.5 metres away from others as much as you can — think two big steps
Face masks and gloves
You don’t need to wear a face mask to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 unless your doctor has told you to or you are caring for someone who might have COVID-19.
The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is stay home if you are sick and wash your hands often.
If you have been told to wear a face mask, avoid touching it while you’re wearing it, and if you do, wash your hands. Do not reuse single-use masks, and immediately replace the mask if you have coughed or sneezed into it. When disposing of a mask, dispose of it into a sealable bag to ensure the used mask won’t be touched by others, before placing the sealed bag in the bin. Always clean your hands immediately after removing your mask and putting it in the bin.
You don’t need to wear gloves in the general community to protect yourself from getting COVID-19. In fact, wearing gloves could contribute to the spread of the virus to yourself or others.
This is because germs you pick up on your gloves can be transferred to other surfaces. You might also touch your face while wearing the gloves which can transfer any germs on the gloves to you and cause you to become sick.
The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to regularly clean your hands and practice social distancing.
For more information on using face masks in the community visit the Federal Government website.
Cleaning at home
We know that germs can survive outside of the body, on surfaces, after a person coughs or sneezes. Regular cleaning is important for reducing the spread of germs and minimising the number of germs surviving on surfaces.
Learn more about how you can keep your surfaces at home clear of germs through routine household cleaning recommendations to reduce the risk of viral infections, or recommendations for COVID-19 cleaning and disinfection.