The World Health Organization announced that COVID-19 had become a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020. They have since declared it a Pandemic. Victoria recently declared a State of Emergency It is important to be updated by reliable sources as the situation changes rapidly and we move forward together in being informed about the coronavirus. As we check for news more regularly, consider visiting these sources for the best advice.
Australian Department of Health
Stay informed with the latest announcements and current status in Australia, advice on what you need to do to slow the spread of the virus, symptoms and advice for travellers and the heath and aged care sector.
The Victorian State Government has compiled a clear guide with frequently asked questions. In addition it includes a list of coronavirus assessment centres. Locally these include the Austin Hospital and Northern Hospital Check their websites before visiting.
World Health Organisation
WHO includes a dedicated page with excellent detailed advice on basic protective measures with illustrated downloadable files to share with your community. Rolling updates include frequent situation reports worldwide and current data of confirmed cases and deaths. They provide some good advice for helping children cope with stress
Travel advice from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, for Australians travelling overseas.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the Australian border
Information from the Australian Department of Home Affairs on Travel Restrictions into Australia.
For general health concerns the Better Health Channel provides health and medical information to improve the health and well-being of people and the communities they live in. VicHealth aims to promote good health and preventing chronic disease.
It is important that when researching any health issue on line that you only look at reliable sources. Tips for spotting an unreliable health website include: the site wants to sell you something, the website is out of date, the website is written by a private company or individual and/or the website will not provide any information until you create an account or give it information about you (Source: Be Connected)
Stay well! Stay informed!