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Novel Coronavirus

Novel coronavirus

The Victorian Government is providing information and updates regarding the Novel Coronavirus. For the latest information and advice, please visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/novel-coronavirus

If you were in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020

  • stay home and avoid public settings for 14 days after landing in Australia (other than when seeking medical care)
  • if you begin to feel unwell and develop a shortness of breath, a cough or respiratory illness during the 14 days since you were last in mainland China, you should seek medical attention. Call ahead to your GP or emergency department and mention your travel to mainland China.

If you have been in close contact with someone who has Novel Coronavirus

  • stay home and avoid public settings for 14 days after you last came into contact with them
  • if you begin to feel unwell and develop a shortness of breath, a cough or respiratory illness during the 14 days since you were last in contact with them, you should seek medical attention. Call ahead to your GP or emergency department and mention your circumstances.

Hotline

If you develop symptoms or have concerns, please call the Department of Health and Human Service’s dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. This hotline is serviced by a Nurse-on-Call.

Please keep 000 for emergencies only.

Personal hygiene

Good personal hygiene is an important protection against all respiratory illnesses.

You can help prevent the spread of germs all year round by:

  • washing hands regularly, especially after using the toilet and before eating
  • avoiding public places if you are sick
  • cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, your upper sleeve or your elbow, not your hands

This page was last updated on 4 February 2020.