Protect yourself from Coronavirus



Do


Wash your hands properly and regularly

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.


Follow the travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs.


Don't


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


Follow this advice if your child has recently travelled to a place with a spread of coronavirus.


Encourage your child to wash their hands regularly and properly.


Read more advice on how to prevent your child from catching or spreading viral infections.


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.


Vaccine


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


COVID-19 updates - how the health service is responding to the global spread of coronavirus


Department of Foreign Affairs – updated travel information and advice


The Health Protection Surveillance Centre – information for health professionals

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