Information about COVID-19
COVID-19 Hotline - 1800 675 398
What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new coronavirus strain that has not been previously identified in humans. That is why this is called a novel coronavirus.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
COVID-19 can cause an infection in people, including a severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Affected people may experience fever, flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, headaches and difficulty breathing.
Reduce your risk of coronavirus
This information is from a PDF poster available from DHHS.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
- WASH your hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds.
- Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
- TRY not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- COVER your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
- STAY at home if you feel sick. If you take medication make sure you have enough.
- PHONE your doctor or the hotline – 1800 675 398 – if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
- CONTINUE healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep.
- WEARING a face mask is not necessary if you are well.
- BUY an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60% alcohol.
Reliable sources of information about COVID-19
Rely only on trustworthy sources of information during the COVID-19 crisis. There is a lot of misinformation circulating and this is a dangerous time for inaccurate advice. Here are some sources you can rely on for health information.
Victorian Government's Department of Health and Human Services - coronavirus.vic.gov.au
Australian Government - australia.gov.au
Australian Government's Department of Health - health.gov.au
World Health Organization