Coronavirus cases in Australia
As this is written, five people are being treated for the virus in Australia - four in New South Wales and one in Victoria. Six more people are being tested.
In Victoria, a man in his 50s is being treated at Monash Medical Centre while four of his family members are being quarantined at home. In NSW, a female 21-year-old, as well as three men aged 35, 43 and 53 are being treated in hospital for coronavirus.
The 21-year-old woman is Australia’s most recent coronavirus case in Australia. She recently travelled back to Sydney on a direct flight from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus originated.
What you can do to protect your family from the coronavirus
General coronavirus prevention tactics
As previously discussed, the coronavirus is spread via an exchange of fluids from the respiratory tract. So how do you protect ourselves and our families from coming into contact with this airborne disease?
The World Health Organisation is recommending that people take these simple precautions to reduce exposure to and transmission of the virus:
- Frequently wash your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or warm water and soap.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue when sneezing or coughing.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever or a cough.
- Seek early medical help if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, and share your travel history with healthcare providers
- Avoid direct, unprotected contact with live animals, as well as surfaces that are in contact with animals, especially when visiting live markets in affected areas
- Avoid eating raw or undercooked animal products and exercise care when handling raw meat, milk or animal organs to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods