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Protect yourself from Coronavirus


Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze.

Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Wash your hands

Face masks

Don't use a face mask if you feel well and do not have symptoms - there’s no evidence that using masks is of any benefit if you are not sick.

Use a face mask if you:

  • have or may have coronavirus

  • are in close contact with someone who has or may have coronavirus

  • are a healthcare worker in close contact with people who have or may have coronavirus

Children and coronavirus

Encourage your child to wash their hands regularly and properly.

Treatment for coronavirus

There is no specific treatment for coronavirus. But many of the symptoms of the virus can be treated.

If you get the virus, your healthcare professional will advise treatment based on your symptoms.

Antibiotics do not work against coronavirus or any viruses. They only work against bacterial infections.


There is currently no vaccine to treat or protect against coronavirus.

The flu vaccine does not protect against coronavirus.

At-risk groups and coronavirus

We do not know for sure which groups are most at risk of complications if they catch coronavirus.

But it is likely you are more at risk if you catch coronavirus and:

  • are 65 years of age and over

  • have a long-term medical condition – for example, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or liver disease

You should follow the advice on how to protect yourself from coronavirus and other infections like flu.

Pets and coronavirus

There is no evidence that pets such as cats and dogs can catch or spread coronavirus.

Avoid all non-essential travel to China

Follow the up-to-date travel information from the Department of Foreign Affairs for travel advice on countries and regions affected by coronavirus.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has advised people to avoid all non-essential travel to China.

If you have to travel to China:

  • do not visit animal or bird markets in China

  • do not go to places in China where live or dead animals are handled

  • do not visit anyone in China who is ill with cold or flu-like symptoms such as sneezing or coughing

  • do not touch animals and their poo (droppings) in China

Wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water.

More information

Department of Foreign Affairs – updated travel information and advice

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre – information for health professionals

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