Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.COVID-19 is a new virus that can cause an infection in people, including a severe respiratory illness.The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
How is coronavirus spread?
COVID-19 spreads through close contact with an infected person; mostly face-to-face or within a household. It cannot jump across a room or be carried for long distances in the air so we should all go about our lives as normal.
What is close contact?
Close contact means greater than 15 minutes face-to-face or the sharing of a closed space for more than two hours with a confirmed case.
A close contact could include any person meeting any of the following criteria:
• living in the same household or household-like setting (for example, a boarding school or hostel)
• direct contact with the body fluids or laboratory specimens of a confirmed case
• a person who spent two hours or longer in the same room
• face-to-face contact for more than 15 minutes with the case in any other setting not listed above.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Many people who contract COVID–19 will suffer only mild symptoms. However early indications are that the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions are more at risk of experiencing severe symptoms.
The most common coronavirus symptoms reported include:
• Breathing difficulties such as breathlessness
• Sore throat
• Fatigue or tiredness.
Who is most at risk of coronavirus?
If you have travelled overseas or have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 you areat highest risk of infection.
If you have been overseas upon your return you must stay at home (self-quarantine) for 14 days, other than when seeking medical care.
You must also:
• avoid public settings - this means you should not attend work, school, childcare or university or go to other public places such as restaurants, cinemas or shopping centres and should not use public transport or taxis
• not allow visitors into your home - only people who usually live in the household should be in the home.
• stay in a different room to other people as much as possible.
If you begin to feel unwell and develop a fever or shortness of breath, a cough or respiratory illness, you should call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398 for advice. This number is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Should I cancel my travel plans?
The current Australian Government advice is to reconsider the need to travel outside of Australia.
What are the current international travel restrictions?
The government has also implemented travel restrictions on anyone coming into Australia from overseas from midnight 15 March 2020.
This means anyone arriving in Australia from this date must self-isolate at home or in their hotel.
There are also strict travel restrictions on visitors from China, South Korea, Italy and Iran who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents. Visitors from mainland China, South Korea, Italy and Iran who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents, or their dependants will not be allowed entry into Australia.
These restrictions are temporary and will be reviewed.
If you are in any of these risk categories and begin to feel unwell and develop a fever or shortness of breath, a cough or respiratory illness either during your period of isolation (self-quarantine), or in the 14 days since arriving home from international travel, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Call ahead to your GP or emergency department and mention your overseas travel before you arrive at the doctor’s office so they can prepare appropriate infection control measures.
You can use our self-assessment tool to help you decide if you should be tested.
If you have serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call 000 and ask for an ambulance and tell the operator your recent travel history.
I have been asked to self-isolate, what does this mean?
This document has been developed to support Australians who have been asked to self-isolate due to COVID-19.
If you are concerned please call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.
What can I do to reduce my risk of coronavirus infection?
• Wash 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 per cent alcohol.
• Avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from others)
About This Business
'Choices Flooring Forster is a locally owned and operated family business, which has been servicing the floor covering needs of the mid-north coast for over 10 years. Local owners and operators Todd & Jane Maynard, are flooring specialists, and have over 35 years of experience in the floor covering industry between them in addition to their sales team members, Learoy Tait and Joanne Terrell who have over 25 years of experience and are proud to offer their customers honest, friendly & professional service and advice on a huge range of quality floor covering products.'