What can I do about COVID-19?

My name is Gordon Doig and I am an epidemiologist who has worked in critical care for more than 20 years. I live in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Like you, I have tried to keep up to date on the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) that started in Wuhan, China. Because I don't see a lot of truly useful information coming from the mainstream media, I have been going directly to credible sources like the World Health Organisation. The purpose of this page is to describe in plain language what the WHO recommends and to provide links to WHO content so you can understand exactly what they are saying.

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Protecting Vulnerable and High Risk People

Based on current evidence, the WHO believes periods of tight restrictions with low-level spread of COVID-19 will be followed by recurring epidemic waves (large or small) when restrictions are relaxed. Because of the high risk of recurring epidemic waves, if your government lifts stay at home orders and reopens businesses, it is important for high risk people to remain protected.

COVID-19 is often more severe in people who are older than 60 years or who have health conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, lung or heart disease or conditions that affect their immune system.

  • If you are at high risk, take the right actions now to protect yourself:

  • If you're not high risk, take actions to help protect friends and family who are high risk:

    • Pratice good hand and respiratory hygiene

    • If you have symptoms, like fever or cough, avoid close contact with those at higher risk of severe infection

    • Be supportive and communicate by phone or messaging

    • Run errands for those at higher risk and help them stock up on their regular medications, supplies and non-perisable food - but avoid entering their home and keep a distance of at least 1m

    • Postpone social gatherings - make it virtual or pick up the phone!

  • Please remember, that low risk does not mean no risk:

    • We all need to fight COVID-19

    • Anyone can get infected and spread the disease to others

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Page last modified on Tuesday 19 May 2020.