About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A new Coronavirus (COVID-19), first identified in China in December 2019, has caused an outbreak of respiratory illness that the World Health Organisation named COVID-19 in February 2020.

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The World Health Organisation has declared the Coronavirus (called COVID-19) a pandemic, which means it is widespread across the world and will most likely impact people in all countries.

The Coronavirus is a disease which was first reported in December 2019 in China.

When people contract the virus, they can experience a mild illness, or they can become very unwell and require medical care in hospital. Some people will recover easily, and others may become very sick, very quickly.

What are the symptoms?

People with Coronavirus may experience:

An image showing 3 common symptoms of COVID. a person coughing, a person who is very warm and running a fever and a person who is experiencing shortness of breath

How is Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread?

  • When someone who has COVID-19 coughs or exhales they release droplets of infected fluid. Most of these droplets fall on nearby surfaces and objects - such as desks, tables or telephones.
  • People could catch COVID-19 by touching these contaminated surfaces or objects – and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
  • If you are standing within one metre of a person with COVID-19 you can catch it by breathing in droplets coughed out or exhaled by them. In other words, COVID-19 spreads in a similar way to flu.

How can I protect myself?

There are a number of ways you can protect yourself including:

A diagram displaying how you can protect yourself. Wash your hands frequently, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Cough or sneeze into a flexed elbow or tissue, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

a diagram displaying how to protect yourself against COVID19- avoid close contact with people who are sick, sneezing or coughing. Stay home when you are ill Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that people frequently touch.

Only wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms or are caring for someone who does.

*This infographic is attributed and comes from the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The National Disability Insurance Scheme has a full directory of FAQ’s that are updated daily. You can find answers to commonly asked questions below.

Resources for children

"The Sneeze Song" by Colleen Charles.


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