First published: 6 March
Reviewed: 15 April
This page provides key pointers to Government public health information related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, beginning from early March, when it was noted that public health measures are based on a precautionary approach which includes rapid detection, rapid response and then control of sources of infection. As developments occur and sources of information are updated, we will ensure to update or make additions to this public page.
For our members your primary source of workplace information and direction will be your employer, the NSW Police Force.
The Police Association is regularly communicating relevant supporting information directly to our members. Examples include the Safety Alerts which have been published on this site - click here.
CORONAVIRUS AUSTRALIA APP
The Australian government has launched a new messaging service on WhatsApp and an app to keep people updated about coronavirus.
Coronavirus Australia app is available from the Apple App Store and on Google Play, was launched alongside the Government's new WhatsApp feature.
If you already have WhatsApp on your phone just add the government's WhatsApp number into your WhatsApp contacts. The number is +61 400 253 787
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What is Coronavirus [Covid-19]
Source: ACTU; 4 March 2020
Coronavirus [COVID-19] is a virus in the same family as the common cold. It is passed between people by contact with droplets from the lungs of an infected person. That can occur through infected droplets in the air or on surfaces. About 80% of people with COVID-19 infection will have a mild illness, 20% will develop a form of pneumonia, a severe illness. The consistent feature of the infection appears to be fever.
The current evidence is that it takes between 2 and 10 days before people who are infected become sick and develop a fever. A person may not be showing any signs of illness, hence the ability for the infection to spread. This is not unlike the common cold or influenza, but it appears to be more infectious. Unlike influenzas, there is currently no vaccine and therefore the prevention of the spread of the virus can only be achieved by isolating cases and the practice of good respiratory and hand hygiene ie.
– Maintaining distance of at least 1 metre from anyone who is coughing or sneezing
– Covering of the mouth or sneezing/coughing into elbow
– Regular hand disinfection and washing hands with soap and water
– Disposal of tissues etc into closed bins immediately after use
– Staying at home if unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight running nose
(Source: Daily Telegraph)
(Image source - see also https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/pandemic/Publications/hand-wash-community.pdf