It’s been a long way to finally see the Covid-19 daily new cases dropping in Melbourne.
We are doing so well, but it is still very important to remember…
A person with coronavirus (COVID-19) or who is suspected to have it must go into mandatory isolation.
People need to isolate to prevent the spread of the virus to others if they have COVID-19 or if health authorities suspect they have COVID-19.
People can need to be isolated in the hospital if they need hospital care, their homes if it is suitable or another location if needed as decided by the public health authority.
Isolation means people must not leave their home except in an emergency or to get essential medical care, must not go into public places including work and shops, must not let any other person into their home unless the person lives there and cannot live somewhere else, is providing medical care or is entering for an emergency.
People in isolation should tell their public health unit before leaving their house if they have to. If they leave, they must wear a mask.
People with COVID-19 positive sharing home with others should limit their contact with them by:
After using these items, wash them with soap and water or put them in a dishwasher or washing machine.
When living with someone who is at risk, they should try to make arrangements for them to live elsewhere if possible.
People living in the same place as someone with COVID-19 will be a close contact and must follow quarantine rules.
They should follow these rules for 14 days from when the person with COVID-19 was last infectious.
We should only share a house with a person with COVID-19 if we are providing essential care to that person or if we cannot find a different place to live.
Some steps to prevent infection are:
If symptoms get worse, it’s important phone a doctor.
People with COVID-19 positive, should be on the lookout for high fevers or trouble breathing and keep in contact with the GP so they can monitor their health.
People with serious symptoms should call 000 straight away. This includes shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or chest pressure or pain.