COVID-19 IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Source: Australian Government, Department of Health (2020), Infection Control Training
IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OR WORRIES OF CORONAVIRUS INFECTION
STAY AT HOME AND PRACTICE ALL THE STANDARD INFECTION CONTROL PRECAUTIONS MENTIONED ALREADY INCLUDING
ISOLATION IN YOUR ROOM
WASHING YOUR HANDS
Seeking Medical Advice
Firstly go to https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/
CALL the National Coronavirus Information on 1800 020 080
CALL your usual medical care provider, such as your GP.
WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?
Corona viruses are a family of viruses that can make people sick.
Covid-19 is a new virus has spread around the world, after originating in China in 2019.
Around 80% of people infected with Covid-19 will make a full recovery with mild symptoms and without any special treatment.
Around 15% of people infected with Covid-19 will experience moderate symptoms
A very small number of people, about 5% will experience severe symptoms.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19
Most common symptoms are:
Flu like symptoms, such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
Shortness of breath
It is important to note that not everyone who has these symptoms has covid-19. Other illnesses also have these symptoms. However, it is important to do due diligence and see your doctor immediately should you have these symptoms. It is important to isolate yourself, to prevent the spread of this disease to vulnerable members of our community who may get severely sick.
HIGHER RISK PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY
There are people in our community who are at higher risk of developing severe symptoms from contracting Covid-19. These people include
Our Senior citizens
those with existing or chronic health problems such as high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, respiratory disease or immune deficiencies.
Our Aborgingal and Torres Strait Islander communities may be at higher risk also as there is a higher rate of chronic disease within these communities than the rest of Australia.
WHO CAN CATCH COVID-19?
The important message here is that ANYONE can be infected ! Severity may differ between different groups of people, but anyone can catch the coronavirus.
Covid-19 does not discriminate between race or gender, so we all need to take precaution and be safe.
We all need to make an effort to protect ourselves, our families and members in our community.
HOW DOES COVID-19 SPREAD?
The virus spreads from person to person through droplet transmission. This means droplets of small saliva from coughs and sneezes from people spreads the virus. Normally these droplets don't travel more than 1 meter should a person sneeze or cough.
Infection may occur if you are in close contact with an infected person when they sneeze or cough.
Your touch an object (like a door handle) or person (through hand shaking) who has been contaminated from a cough or sneeze, and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
It is important to note, that the virus cannot simply get through skin. To become infected you would need to touch your mouth, nose or eyes with the virus on your hand.
IMPORTANT STEPS WE CAN TAKE TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
WASHING YOUR HANDS
Washing your hands regularly is the most important step you can take to protect yourself against the covid-19 virus. Wash your hands with soap and water, or rubbing alcohol or sanitisers that are alcohol based.
Washing your hands is critical, as soap and alochol kills the virus on most surfaces. It is particularly important to wash your hands after going to the toilet, blowing your nose, before and after eating.
These two videos provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) cover how to wash your hands and use sanitiser
Hand rub - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnSjFr6J9HI
Hand wash - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PmVJQUCm4E
At Imagini we have followed the instructions to provide all visitors with hand wash and hand sanitisers upon entering and leaving our studio. We have also put up signs requiring and reminding everyone to wash and/or sanitise their hands.
AVOID TOUCHING YOUR FACE
It is very important to try not to touch your face. The virus enters the body through your mouth, eyes and nose. With most people touching their face at least every hour without even realising it, encourage others to avoid touching their face also !
Social distancing involves keeping a distance of at least 1.5 meters away from others who are sneezing and/or coughing. This is to decrease the spread of infected droplets and breathing them in. Keeping a distance of 1.5 meters or more makes it highly unlikely of being infected.
This is also why it is so important to avoid large public gatherings which are not esse