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Below you will find information including:
  • 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 uptodate advice. For the most up-to-date information, visit the DHHS website.

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

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: 

  • Fever 
  • Respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties  
  • Sore throat 
  • Fatigue 

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

DHHS coronavirus updates 

DHHS COVID-19 self-assessment checklist 

DHHS- translated resources for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds 

DHHS current COVID-19 case definition, guidance and testing recommendations 

DHHS Victorian Chief Health Officer daily updates  

DHHS social distancing and other transmission reduction measures information 


Updates from Life Saving Victoria  

LSV Response to Coronavirus in Aquatic and Leisure Facilities

LSV Circular 275:03:02 – Health Alerts for Members and Clubs 13/03/2020 

LSV Health Alert – Coronavirus COVID-19 13032020 V1 

LSV Circular 277:03:02 – Youth / Senior Victorian State Championships Cancellation 13/03/2020 

LSV Circular 276:03:02 – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for Volunteer Training 

SLSA Bulletin: 

Resources from LS 

Other helpful resources 

There are a number of posters and resources that can be used to display precautions and facts around clubs and workplaces. 

World Health Organisation (WHO) COVID-19 myth buster information 

DHHS Heath Provider Quick Reference Guide 

DHHS COVID-19 self-assessment checklist 



This page was updated as at 18/3/2020 at 4pm, for most uptodate information please refer to the Department of Health and Human Services website 


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