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What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus that has affected many people around the world.

A virus is an illness or disease that can spread easily from one person to another person.

Coronavirus is spreading quickly. Coronavirus has been called a pandemic.

A virus is called a pandemic when it spreads quickly to lots of countries around the world.

What are the most common symptoms of Coronavirus?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough.

Some people may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea.

These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.

Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing.

Who is most at risk of coronavirus?

Older people, and those with underlying medical problems, like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

What can I do to reduce my risk of coronavirus?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol
Who can I call if I am worried and I think I have symptoms?
  • DHHS Coronavirus 24-hour Hotline number: 1800 675 398
  • National Coronavirus Helpline 1800 020 080
  • Nurse On-Call: 1300-606-024


Australian Department of Health

The Australian Department of Health is closely monitoring the virus and developing advice based on the Australian situation.

Department of Health & Human Services

Information about Coronavirus and alerts is available on the Victorian State Government website.

Smart Traveller

The Australian Government is providing advice through Smart Traveller for those who are travelling to, or returning from, overseas.

Ethnolink Language Services

Information about Coronavirus for people speaking a language other than English  COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Multilingual Resource Library

Expressions Australia

Information for people who are deaf (Auslan video form Expressions Australia, updated regularly) https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=Cw4K0M_qknc&feature=emb_title

Red Cross

General information and great tips from Red Cross Australia


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