Protecting yourself and your family

Update your health management plans

If you have a chronic health condition like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease or arthritis, you need to make sure your management plan is up to date.

Talk with your GP to make sure you have an action plan and you know what to do when you are well, when you’re not well, when your symptoms get worse and when you are showing danger signs or need to dial Triple Zero (000). You can also talk with your GP about how colds, flu and COVID-19 can affect your health condition and what you need to make sure you stay healthy. For more information, visit the Protecting the vulnerable page.

It is especially important to make sure you manage your health conditions and have a management during the COVID-19 pandemic. By having an ongoing health condition, you are more at risk of developing complications if you have COVID-19.

To find a health service, visit the healthdirect service finder.

Stay home if you are sick

Protect yourself and those around you. If you have cold or flu symptoms, don’t be a hero – stay home and avoid exposing vulnerable people (like young children and older people) to illness.

If your child has cold or flu symptoms (e.g. coughing, sneezing, fever), they should be kept home from school or childcare.

For more information about the flu, visit the Flu symptoms, treatment and prevention page. For more information about COVID-19, visit the COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page.

Wash, wipe, cover

Did you know hands spread 80% of common infectious diseases?

The influenza (flu) virus, COVID-19 and other potentially harmful airborne illnesses that flourish in winter remain present on hard surfaces for 24 to 48 hours and tissues for only 15 minutes.

You can reduce the risk of getting sick or passing infections on to others by following these simple rules:

  • WASH your hands regularly
  • WIPE down frequently touched surfaces
  • COVER your coughs and sneezes

For more information visit the Wash, Wipe, Cover page.

Be aware of the infection radius — practice physical distancing

Keep at least 1.5 metres between you and other people. For more information on physical distancing, see the What is social / physical distancing? page.

The infectious period for flu time during which an infected person can infect others) is usually from 1 day before symptoms appear until 7 days after symptoms appear. After 5 days, the level of infectiousness is probably very low, however some people, especially children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for a longer time.

To find out more information, visit the Stop the Flu Before It Stops You page

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