How to stop COVID-19 from entering your home.

3 April 2020

Written by: Rebecca Borg

What you can do at home to ensure that you are doing the most to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Victoria, Google Trends reveals that Australians want to know how to prepare and protect themselves as the virus spreads.

With 1085 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Victoria this morning and the world marking over 1 million confirmed cases overnight, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is assuring that the measures put in place by the government remains the best option to curve the spread.

“These are huge changes we’re asking the country to make and I know they’re frustrating,” Mr Morrison said in an interview with Alan Jones on 2GB this morning.

“We need people to be patient and not get too frustrated but it is going to be tough.”

Such changes include the 14 day self-isolation period for travellers and those who feel they may have come into contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, limits on public gatherings and the closure of non-essential services.

However, as Victorian’s approach their first weekend in lockdown following the stage three restrictions implemented by Premier Daniel Andrews on Monday 3o March, they continue to ask what measures they should take to protect themselves and their families from the virus within their homes.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) continues to stress the importance of good hygiene practice as well as the need to social distance. With the Victorian Government implementing such measures to protect individuals in public spaces, here are a few examples of how to continue good hygiene practice at home:

  • WHO recommends that you wash your hands frequently with soap for 20 seconds.
  • Ensure that you avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as your hands may touch contaminated surfaces.
  • Ensure to clean surfaces at home with EPA-registered cleaning products.
  • Don’t allow visitors to enter your home.
  • Only leave the house in accordance with the stage three restrictions. This is if you require medical care, shopping for essentials, exercise and work or education requirements.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you require medical attention, call in advance to notify the clinic of your concerns.

The Department of Health has also set up a National Coronavirus Helpline for individuals who have concerns or questions in regard to COVID-19. They can be contacted on 1800 020 080.


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