We all want to keep our families and community healthy and strong during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are some tips and advice to support you and your loved ones stay safe.
- What are the myths and misconceptions about COVID-19?
There are many myths and misconceptions about COVID-19.
Myth: Only older people can get COVID-19
People of all ages can get the virus. Older people, and people who already have conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart disease should take extra care because the virus can make them very sick.
Myth: If I am pregnant or breastfeeding and catch COVID-19 my baby is in danger
There is no evidence that the virus can pass to a baby during pregnancy or through breastmilk. It is important to take care, stay home and your wash hands as often as possible.
Myth: Having a hot shower or bath kills COVID-19
Having a hot bath or shower will not prevent you from catching the virus.
Myth: COVID-19 is just like a common cold
COVID-19 has some similar symptoms but it is spread really easily and can turn into something more dangerous for some people.
Myth: I can catch COVID-19 from mosquito bites
There is no evidence to show that the virus can be spread by mosquitoes.
Myth: If I catch COVID-19 it means I will have it for life
You can recover from COVID-19. Catching the virus does not mean you will have it for life.
Myth: Hand dryers can kill COVID-19
There is no evidence to show that hand dryers can stop the virus. To protect yourself against the virus, you should wash your hands often with soap and water.
Myth: Antibiotics can cure me of COVID-19
COVID-19 is a virus and antibiotics do not work against viruses. Antibiotics only work against bacteria.
Myth: If I have the virus I will always show symptoms
There have been some cases where people with the virus have not shown any symptoms. Even if you don't feel or look sick and have the virus, you can still pass it on to others. This is why it's important to keep a safe distance away from other people.
- What can I do to keep my family and our mob safe?
There are some simple and important steps you can take to keep your family and mob safe from COVID-19.
- Stay home. You can only leave home to get groceries, go to school, work or exercise.
- Take two big steps away from other people if you are outside.
- Only go outside in groups of two people.
- Keep Elders safe. Our Elders are special and instead of visiting them during this time, we can call them.
- Wash your hands often with water and soap.
- Try not to touch your face.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
- Try not to share drinks, cups or smokes. No high fives, hand shakes, fist bumps. But you can smile, call and message family and friends.
- Keep in touch with friends and family. For now we have to stay home and keep away from others but we can still call and yarn with friends and family.
- Eat well. Have plenty of fruit and veg.
- Get some fresh air and exercise. Go for a walk, keeping two big steps away from other people. Hang out on the balcony if you have one.
- Be kind to others. Everyone will be stressed at a time like this. And most of us are stuck indoors and seeing the same people day in and day out. It’s important to put yourself in the place of others at this time, to keep as calm as we can, and be as kind as we can. But it’s also important to recognise and tell your family when you need time out and accept that others do also.
- Create a Stay Strong Plan. Think about all the things that keep you and your family strong and what you might need to help you keep those things. Do a check on yourself, how are you going? What do you need so you can stay strong to help others?
- What should I do if I think myself or someone close to me has COVID-19?
If you or someone close to you is unwell and has a dry cough, high temperature, sore throat and fever — call the hotline 1800 675 398 to see if you should get tested for COVID-19.
You should keep your distance from other people to make sure no one else gets sick.
If you have serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call 000 and ask for an ambulance.