When an epidemic or pandemic hits, it is important to stay calm and practice good hygiene. You should:
Wash your hands properly (for 20-30 seconds) frequently;
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth;
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or elbow when coughing or sneezing;
Dispose of tissues hygienically then wash your hands;
Follow State and Federal health guidelines;
Only trust credible sources of information like the Department of Health and trustworthy news sources;
Avoid gatherings of people;
Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food;
If you get sick, alert the Health Department and do everything you can to avoid passing it on to others;
Stay in touch with friends, family and neighbours by phone or online connections.
During or after a pandemic, remember to contact mental health services if you or someone close to you needs support.
You could also explore any local, State or Federal Government economic assistance you might be eligible for – such as JobKeeper or other programs.
For more information on the Coronavirus Pandemic, go to the City's COVID-19 webpage.