Stay home, stay safe, we are in this for the long haul

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Australia’s Department of Health puts out Covid19 advisory

Australia will be fighting the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for at least another six months. “We are in this for the long haul,” said a press release from the Department of Health. “The measures the Australian Government has implemented have reduced infections and are saving lives.”

The Australian Government advises that members of the community would benefit greatly by staying home. “The positive and cooperative way communities are following social distancing requirements has helped reduce the number of new cases. Coronavirus spreads from person to person, usually by sneeze, cough or touch. By staying at least 1.5m from other people we give the virus nowhere to go—each one of us is helping stop the spread,” states the Department’s advisory.

“If we stop social distancing too soon, we will get new outbreaks. Infection rates are falling, but they haven’t stopped. Only leaving the house for essential activities, such as food shopping, medical care, exercise or work and education, protects you and others.”

The Department also advises that people practise their faith at home, on their own or with family who live with them. All religious services are now via streaming or broadcasting online, with strict social distancing in place for the people delivering the service. Bans remain for people attending services.

“You don’t have to leave your home to see a doctor, psychologist or midwife. You can receive advice over the phone or online. Telehealth is covered by Medicare. Contact your health care professional about this service. You can also arrange to get medication delivered to your home by your pharmacist,” says the advisory.

The restrictions are making some people more stressed, uncertain and exposed to the potential for domestic violence. Family and domestic violence shelters are essential services and remain open. “If you are experiencing domestic violence, contact 1800RESPECT, MensLine on 1300 78 99 78 or Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800.”


Advice for visitor visa holders

Australia has welcomed international students, tourists and working holiday visa holders. Many have chosen to return to their home countries in recent months. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, visitor visa holders and international students who cannot support themselves, should consider returning home so they can access the supports available in their home countries, said the Department.

Visa holders and backpackers can help in the coronavirus crisis in industries like health, aged and disability care, agriculture and food processing. The Government has lifted restrictions on international nursing students so they’re able to work more hours and extended hours for international students working at supermarkets.


More information: As the spread of the coronavirus continues, it is important to stay informed through official sources. Stay up to date via australia.gov.au, call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 or the translating and interpreting service on 131 450. There is also a free Australian Government app—search for ‘Coronavirus Australia’ on the Apple store or Google Play.

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