Launch of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Campaign

by the Australia Government Site https://www.health.gov.au/news/launch-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19-campaign

A national campaign has launched to inform all Australians about the corona virus (COVID-19).

Date published:
14 March 2020
Type: News
Intended audience: General public

A national campaign has launched to inform all Australians about the corona virus (COVID-19).

The campaign aims to reduce the risk to individuals and families by enabling them to make informed decisions and to take up health recommendations.

The following communication material provides more information and tips to help you be prepared:

Videos

Coronavirus video – Good Hygiene Starts Here
Coronavirus video – Stay Informed
Coronavirus video – Recent Traveller
Coronavirus video – Help Stop The Spread

Print

Coronavirus – Print ads – Simple steps to stop the spread
Coronavirus – print ads – Recently travelled overseas
Coronavirus – print ads – Good hygiene is in your hands

Radio

Coronavirus – Radio – Simple steps to stop the spread
Coronavirus – Radio – Recently travelled overseas
Coronavirus – Radio – Good hygiene is in your hands
Coronavirus – Radio – Stay informed

Early reports suggest person-to-person transmission most commonly happens during close exposure to a person infected with COVID-19, primarily via respiratory droplets produced when the infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Droplets can land in the mouths, noses, or eyes of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs of those within close proximity.

Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19. The contribution of small respirable particles, sometimes called aerosols or droplet nuclei, to close proximity transmission is currently uncertain. However, airborne transmission from person-to-person over long distances is unlikely.

In the Health Care sector the following recommendations are made.

Updated PPE recommendations for the care of patients with known or suspected COVID-19:

  • Based on local and regional situational analysis of PPE supplies, facemasks are an acceptable alternative when the supply chain of respirators cannot meet the demand.  During this time, available respirators should be prioritized for procedures that are likely to generate respiratory aerosols, which would pose the highest exposure risk to HCP.
    • Facemasks protect the wearer from splashes and sprays.
    • Respirators, which filter inspired air, offer respiratory protection.
  • When the supply chain is restored, facilities with a respiratory protection program should return to use of respirators for patients with known or suspected COVID-19. Facilities that do not currently have a respiratory protection program, but care for patients infected with pathogens for which a respirator is recommended, should implement a respiratory protection program.
  • Eye protection, gown, and gloves continue to be recommended.
    • If there are shortages of gowns, they should be prioritized for aerosol-generating procedures, care activities where splashes and sprays are anticipated, and high-contact patient care activities that provide opportunities for transfer of pathogens to the hands and clothing of HCP.