- Last updated:
- 09 Feb 2021
There are many things you can do to help protect yourself and your family.
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If you are in self-isolation due to COVID-19, or have been in close contact with a confirmed case, use this form to help track the spread of the virus. Read more.
Help during isolation
Call the Community Recovery Hotline – 1800 173 349.
What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). However novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.
What are the symptoms of novel coronavirus?
It depends on the virus, but common signs include:
- a cough
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
What can I do to protect myself?
To protect yourself and others from infection practice good hand and respiratory hygiene including:
- cleaning hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs
- covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing
- avoiding contact with anyone who has symptoms such as fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath
- staying home if you are unwell.
- You should also try and stay at least 1.5 metres away from people coughing or sneezing.
Source: Queensland Health.
- FAQs about the coronavirus - learn more about avoiding infection, information for carers, childcare, travel advice and restrictions.
- World Health Organisation - information from across the globe on the pandemic. More information.