How to protect yourself and others from coronavirus.

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All Victorians can do their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and to protect themselves and those most vulnerable in the community.

By following simple precautions and supporting those around you, we can flatten the curve and ensure our healthcare system is not overrun.

Keep reading for tips on how you can help to slow the spread of coronavirus and still stay connected with those around you.

Slowing the spread of coronavirus in Victoria

Victorians should act now to reduce the risk of infection from coronavirus (COVID-19).

There are a number of actions that Victorians can take, and a number of actions that employers and organisations can start to take, to help reduce the risk of infection and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Victorian community.  

These interventions are known as ‘transmission reduction, or ‘physical distancing’ measures.

These are particularly important in reducing the spike of infections and protecting our elderly and those with chronic diseases or pre-existing medical conditions.

The situation is rapidly changing, and this advice will be updated regularly. Please check the Department of Health and Human Services coronavirus section on this site for updates.

The measures described in this document are strongly recommended by the Chief Health Officer, Department of Health and Human Services, in order to protect Victorians from transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Staying connected as a community

Keep connected as a community by taking some simple steps.

  • Stay informed. Use information from reputable sources, for example the coronavirus section on the DHHS website.
  • Support others in your community. Look out for your neighbours and family members.
  • Where possible, keep connected to your family, friends and work colleagues through phone, email and social media. 
  • Do not panic buy foods, medicines or other goods. Hoarding can harm vulnerable people and communities.

Take personal action to reduce your exposure

  • Do not travel overseas or take a cruise.
  • Stay healthy with good nutrition, regular exercise, sensible drinking, sleeping well, and if you are a smoker, quitting. 
  • Do not participate in community gatherings including community sport if you are elderly or have pre‑existing medical conditions.
  • Take the following hygiene actions: 
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or using the toilet. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 per cent alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
    • Do not share drinking bottles, crockery and cutlery.
  • Stop shaking hands, hugging or kissing as a greeting.
  • Ensure a distance of 1.5 metres is kept between yourself and others.
  • Get vaccinated for flu (influenza) as soon as available. This could help reduce the risk of further problems.
  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly, for example telephones, keyboards, door handles, light switches and, bench tops.