How to protect yourself from the Coronavirus Outbreak

Date: 05-02-2020









Wash your hands regularly

Ensure that you are frequently washing your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub such as Aqium Hand Gel, Bactol Alcohol Gel or Cutan Alcohol Foam. You can also use soap and water.

Washing your hands regularly kills the virus if it is on your hands.

Respiratory hygiene

When sneezing and/or coughing, ensure that you are covering your nose and mouth. The most hygenic way to do this is to use a tissue or your flexed elbow. If using a tissue, dispose into an enclosed bin immediately then wash your hands. By covering your mouth when sneezing or coughing, you will prevent the spread of viruses and germs. If you sneeze or cough into your hands, you risk contaminating items that you touch.

Social distancing

Keep at least 1 metre distance between other people and yourself, especially those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

As your hands touch many surfaces, you risk touching an area which can be contaminated with the virus. If your hands are contaminated and you touch your eyes, nose or mouth, you can risk catching the virus. 

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Please tell your health care provider if you have recently travelled in an area in China where 2019-nCoV has been reported, or if you have been in close contact with someone with who has travelled from China and has flu symptoms.

Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products

Handle raw meat, milk or animal organs with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.

General hygiene precaution measures

Ensure regular hand washing with soap and potable water after touching animals and animal products; avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with hands; and avoid contact with sick animals or spoiled animal products. Strictly avoid any contact with other animals in the market (e.g., stray cats and dogs, rodents, birds, bats). Avoid contact with potentially contaminated animal waste or fluids on the soil or structures of shops and market facilities.


Source: World Health Organisation


Here are some other helpful links regarding the Coronavirus

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

Healthdirect Information regarding Coronavirus

NSW Health Infections Disease Alerts

Australian Government Department of Health