About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The best place to find the latest information about the Coronavirus is on the NSW Government website.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronaviruses cause illness in humans and others cause illness in animals. Human coronaviruses generally cause mild illnesses, such as the common cold. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously found in humans. Outbreaks of new coronavirus infections among people are always a public health concern and the situation is evolving rapidly.

An infected person spreads COVID-19 through contaminated droplets when they are coughing or sneezing, or by contact with contaminated hands, surfaces or objects.

COVID-19 hotspots

When COVID-19 hotspots occur in NSW, information and up-to-date lists are updated on the NSW Government website. This tells you if you must self-isolate, get a COVID-19 test or watch for symptoms of COVID-19 if you have been to any of the places listed. You should check the website regularly.

COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

The vaccine roll-out has commenced at vaccine hubs throughout Australia for high-risk people and essential workers at risk of being exposed to COVID-19.

The Australian Government has created a Vaccine Eligibility Checker. Once you complete a few questions, the checker tells you in which phase of the vaccine roll-out you will likely be. You can use it for yourself or anyone else. Check out the tool here.

Additional information and resources are available on our COVID-19 vaccine page.

Staying healthy

We know that people with disability are often more vulnerable to illness than the general community. Practising good hygiene will help you to remain healthy during this time. You should:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after an activity, including your service with Northcott. Wash for at least 20 seconds (if you sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to yourself twice, this is 20 seconds). If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub (sanitiser).
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Avoid handshakes, kissing and other physical contact wherever possible.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. Use a clean tissue and dispose of it afterwards, or cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Limit the number of visitors to your home.
  • Avoid large crowds of people.
  • Practise social distancing.
  • Have your annual flu vaccination (unless your doctor advises against this).

If you are feeling unwell, it may or may not be COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild flu-like symptoms (such as fever, headache, coughing, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath) to pneumonia.

If you have any of these symptoms, then you must go and get a COVID-19 test. You can find your nearest testing clinic on the NSW Government website. Let us know if you need support to go to a testing clinic.

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