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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is part of a family of viruses that can make humans and animals sick. They cause illnesses that can range from the common cold to more severe diseases.

Symptoms of COVID-19 range from a mild cough to pneumonia. Some people recover easily, others may get very sick very quickly. There is evidence that it spreads from person to person.

The exact risk and impact of COVID-19 is still unclear, and there is a lot of speculation and anxiety. But, having a plan and access to good information will help you to keep you and your loved ones as healthy as possible.

This page provides information about, and links to 1) Information about COVID-19, 2) Preparation, 3) Maintaining Mental and Physical Wellbeing.

  • Stock up on medications and essential food supplies, tinned goods, rice, pasta, etc, to last at least two weeks
  • Get a flu shot when available
  • Reduce your stress by avoiding the 24/7 news cycle (including some social media)
  • Remember to make time and effort to look after your own wellbeing. For more information you can read our 10 Psychological Tips for Coping with Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • If you’re feeling overwhelmed, access support. You can:
    • Speak with friends or family. It can help to let people know how you feel, but your family and friends might also appreciate talking to you about how they feel
    • Call MindSpot (1800 61 44 34)
    • Call Beyondblue (1300 22 4636)
    • Call Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800)
    • Call Lifeline (13 43 57)

If you have been in contact with the virus, you may need to self-isolate at home. It’s natural for people to feel a range of emotions in this situation, such as stress, worry, anxiety, boredom or low mood. You may find the following tips helpful to cope and maintain your emotional wellbeing:​

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Key things that we know help include:
    • Set up a daily routine. Plan activities that are fun (such as reading, watching movies, hobbies) and that give you a sense of achievement (such as cleaning, completing work tasks, learning a new skill).
    • Keep active – create an exercise routine which can be completed within the home, to maintain physical fitness and reduce stress
    • Eat well – plan ahead and eat a variety of nutritious meals.
    • Stay connected with friends and family via phone, email and video conferencing
  • Stay informed (see links, above). This can be helpful to determine reasonable precautions you can take to maintain your health.
  • Remember:
    • This is unpleasant, but it will pass
    • What you say to yourself is important. Listen to the things you are saying to yourself and change negative comments to more helpful and realistic things.
    • If you’re feeling overwhelmed, access support. You can: