This is a quick guide to the essential health info you need for preventing, preparing for, and having COVID-19. There are many resources online, especially at the Australian Health Department Coronavirus info page. Below is a quick & basic summary. Prepare yourself

Prepare your house

Prevent infection – reduce your risk

What to do if you get sick

Manage your anxiety The news has been frightening, and you may feel anxious and panicky. Here are some things to remember:

When should you go to a hospital?

Things to take to the hospital Super useful:


When can you break isolation? Follow medical advice, as the DHHS guidelines are updated frequently but as a rough guide this is from the latest version (sourced 25/3/2020):

Are you immune to COVID-19 after you've been infected once? There is not enough information about the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 virus yet to know for sure, but experts think that you probably are immune, but that the immunity might not last forever. Here is a good summary of the information so far in New Scientist. What should you do if you live with other people who are unwell or isolated?

What to do if your kids have symptoms

Frequently Asked Questions What's the difference between COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2? COVID-19 is short for Coronavirus Disease 2019 meaning it is the illness (disease) caused by the virus. SARS-CoV-2 is the name of the virus that causes the disease, and it is short for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2. The first, SARS-CoV caused an epidemic in 2002 & 2003 in China, Canada, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Singapore, and Hanoi in Viet Nam. It didn't spread enough to be considered a pandemic.