- What is Coronavirus?
- What should I do?
- Updates from LSV
- Resources from LSV
- Other helpful resources
Information is changing quickly, we take advice from the Federal Government through the State Government’s Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS) and will use their information for the most up–to–date advice. For the most up-to-date information, visit the DHHS website.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new virus that can cause an infection in people, including a severe respiratory illness (for more, see DHHS – about Coronavirus).
People of all ages have been diagnosed with COVID-19, but those known to be most at risk of severe illness are elderly people and those with pre-existing medical conditions.
The most common reported symptoms include:
- Respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
- Sore throat
What should I do?
Social distancing and hygiene
The latest DHHS social distancing and hygiene advice urges Victorians to take the following steps to reduce their exposure and chances of getting ill with COVID-19:
- 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, or sneezing. 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 our 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.
- Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly.
- Stay home if you are sick and don’t expose others. If you are unwell with flu-like symptoms, do not go outside your property or home, do not go to work, school or shops unless it is essential.
- Get vaccinated for flu (influenza) when available in April. It is not yet known whether COVID-19 could significantly increase the risks of influenza infection.
- Ensure you have enough supply of any medications being taken by you or your family.
- Stop shaking hands or kissing as a greeting.
- Avoid crowds if possible. If not, keep the time short.
- Where possible, consider home delivery and take-aways.
- To minimise contact, and where possible, use debit and credit cards instead of cash and make use of online and self-serve transactions (for example, Myki top ups).
- Use public transport in less busy periods if you can
Key DHHS updates and information
Updates from Life Saving Victoria
Resources from LSV
- LSV COVID-19 First Responder Checklist– this is a checklist for volunteer lifesavers, lifeguards, first aid officers and those personnel responding to patients.
- LSV Travel Register Template.xls– template for clubs and organisations to use to track and review all travel both domestic and international (business and personal) to track and make decisions regarding return to work/club
- COVID-19 Workplan – Template– work plan template to capture preparedness tasks and monitor
- COVID-19 meeting letter template– letter to send to members and participants outlining additional safety measures for meetings or indoor gatherings under 100 people
- LSV top tips for successfully chairing virtual meetings – in accordance with new limits on non-essential indoor gatherings, LSV Committee/Council meetings will now be held via teleconference or video conference, rather than physically in person.
Other helpful resources
There are a number of posters and resources that can be used to display precautions and facts around clubs and workplaces.
- Ten ways to reduce your risk of coronavirus (PDF)
- Ten ways to reduce your risk of coronavirus (Word)
- Wash your hands regularly poster
- Wash your hands regularly poster – Simplified Chinese (PDF)
- Wash your hands regularly poster – Arabic (PDF)
- Cover your cough and sneeze poster
- Cover your cough and sneeze poster – Simplified Chinese (PDF)
- Cover your cough and sneeze poster – Arabic (PDF)
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Factsheet for the Victorian public – updated 03 March 2020
- Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) factsheet for Victorians – Simplified Chinese
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) Advice for Victorians poster – Arabic (PDF)
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) factsheet for people aged over 65 years (Word)
- Home Isolation Guidance – Australian Federal Government
- Myth busting – Novel Coronavirus
This page was updated as at 18/3/2020 at 4pm, for most up–to–date information please refer to the Department of Health and Human Services website