The Australian Government has put in place strict self-isolation measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Self-isolation is about protecting yourself and others.
While the whole country is being encouraged to stay at home, strict isolation only applies to those who have the virus or might have been exposed to it.
Who needs to self-isolate?
In Australia, you must self-isolate if:
- You have COVID-19
- You have been in physical contact with a confirmed case
- You arrived in Australia from overseas.
What does self-isolation mean?
It is a precautionary action that requires you to stay at home and avoid public places. COVID-19 can be easily spread through physical contact, therefore self-isolation is an important preventative measure to help slow or stop the spread of the virus.
What should I do in self-isolation?
The most effective way to stop the spread of a virus is through maintaining good hygiene practises. 13 DOCTOR experts recommend the following:
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water before entering common spaces, after coughing and sneezing, and before and after meals
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser when you can’t wash your hands with soap and water
- Avoid close contact with other people – social distancing mandates a distance of 1.5 metres
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or bent elbow
- Dispose of contaminated tissues
If you need groceries or medication, either ask non-isolated family and friends to deliver them to you or utilise delivery services provided by many businesses. Many companies are now offering contactless delivery where they will knock on the door and leave the parcel or call you to let you know it’s there.
Keep an eye out for symptoms
It is important to continue to monitor your health while in isolation. Watch out for things such as:
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath.
If you do have cold or flu-like symptoms, seek medical advice. 13 DOCTOR’s medical experts can see and speak to you over the phone or via a video consultation using your phone or computer while you stay in your home.
If you need to visit your local GP or hospital, call ahead so they can take necessary precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.