How you can help reduce the spread of COVID -19Wednesday, 25 March 2020
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a significant impact in Australia and on our daily life.
Federal and State Governments have, and continue to introduce measures to help minimise the spread of the virus. We all have a role to play.
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 it is important that we stay at home unless it is essential to go out and practice good hygiene and social distancing. Find out more about the latest measures announced by the Federal Government.
There is no need for alarm and we need to remain calm. But people with diabetes should be aware that they are at a higher risk of severe symptoms and complications from coronavirus.
How you can help reduce the spread of COVID -19
Good hygiene and social distancing are two of the most effective ways individuals can protect themselves against infection and help prevent the spread of the virus.
- cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
- wash your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating
- use alcohol-based hand sanitisers
- clean and disinfecting surfaces
One way to slow the spread of viruses is social distancing.
- Stay at home and avoid public gatherings unless essential
- Keep distance of 1.5 metres between you and other people whenever possible
- Minimise physical contact.
Find out more about social distancing.
If you have a confirmed case, it is essential you go into self quarantine to help prevent COVID-19 spreading to others. Find out more about the rules of self-quarantine.
About the coronavirus
People with coronavirus may experience a fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath. The virus can spread from person to person through:
- close contact with an infectious person
- contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze
- touching surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face.
What should you do if you feel unwell?
If you are sick and think you have symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical attention. The Department of Health provides the following advice:
To seek medical help from a doctor or hospital, call ahead of time to book an appointment.
You will be asked to take precautions when you attend for treatment. Follow the instructions you are given. Tell the doctor about your symptoms, travel history and recent contact with anyone who has COVID-19
If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help.
Availability of medicines
The Department of Health has advised us that there are no current shortages or supply issues with insulin, diabetes medicines or NDSS products. People with diabetes are advised to order and obtain your diabetes medicines and supplies as usual.
There is no need to stockpile.
Blood ketone strips
Some people may be experiencing concern or anxiety about accessing ketone strips. The NDSS is working with Abbott to ensure the ongoing availability of ketone strips.
Abbott have advised they are continuing to monitor sales and have released more into the supply chain to help resolve local shortages.
If you are having difficulty accessing blood ketone strips please contact Abbott on 1800 8014 78.
If you are still feeling concerned or anxious, please contact the NDSS helpline on 1800 637 700 for advice and support.
Diabetes NSW & ACT is here for you
Diabetes NSW & ACT wants to reassure every member of our community that you are not alone.
We are here for you and have the time to help and support you. It’s possible you have lots of new questions. Call us on 1300 342 238 to talk to one of our team of Health Professionals about anything and everything to do with managing your diabetes.
If the current situation is making you anxious about managing your diabetes, book a session with our psychologist. Call us on 1300 342 238 to book an appointment.
We’ll also keep you up to date with the latest information via our website, newsletters and social media.
Want more information?
It is important that you seek information on coronavirus from trusted sources. We will continue to regularly update our community.
The Australian Government’s Coronavirus Information Page, also holds the latest information, you can call the Australian Government’s Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. The helpline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.