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With cases of novel coronavirus unpredictable in Queensland, all members of our community need to remember to practise healthy hygiene habits to reduce the spread. 

Think of all the shared items we touch daily; doors, trolleys, counters, eftpos machines, playgrounds, or the number of times we shake hands or hug someone. Then, without knowing, we touch our face – countless times each day.

Practising good personal hygiene and passing these habits onto your family and friends is the best way to help prevent infection for most viruses. Here some great habits: 

  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water or antibacterial liquid before and after eating and going to the toilet . Also do it upon contact with public items
  • Cover your cough and sneeze into your elbow. Dispose of tissues and use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser
  • If you’re unwell, avoid contact with others (touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
  • Do not attend workplaces, schools, aged care facilities, childcare centres or high concentrated public spaces if you’re unwell
  • Self-isolate for 14 days  and get tested if you have been near any known hot-spots

Don’t forget to look after yourself by eating a healthy, balanced diet, getting regular physical activity, sleeping well and reducing your stress.

If you, or someone you know has Covid-19 symptoms of fever, shortness of breath, headache, a cough or respiratory illness; self-isolate and call your local GP or Hospital. For more information, visit The Federal Department of Health 

Remember, be alert but not alarmed.