How to protect yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19)

There are important steps you should take to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect yourself and those who are most at risk.

How to slow the spread

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, practise good hygiene and physical distancing and follow the rules for public gatherings, quarantine and isolation.

  • Good hygiene
    Good hygiene includes washing your hands, covering your coughs and cleaning your home or workplace.
  • Physical distancing
    Find out how to practise physical distancing in public, at home, at work, and in schools.
  • Public gatherings
    Understand the limits that apply to essential gatherings and non-essential gatherings.
  • Masks
    Wearing a mask can help protect you and those around you if you are in an area with community transmission, and physical distancing is not possible.

  • Isolation
    Read about what isolation is, steps you should take while in isolation, and what to do if you live with someone in isolation.
  • Quarantine
    Read about what quarantine is, who must go into quarantine, and what to do if you live with someone in quarantine.


The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been provisionally approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for individuals 16 years and older.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines

Routine scheduling and giving a flu vaccine with a COVID-19 vaccine on the same day is not recommended. The preferred minimum interval between a dose of seasonal flu vaccine and a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is 14 days.

People should talk to their health care professional for more information.

Care for your health

If you are unwell and think it might be COVID-19, see how to seek medical attention.

If you are unwell with a different medical problem, see how to access health services and get your medicines during COVID-19 restrictions.

If you have a chronic medical condition, keep your usual medical or pathology test appointments. Contact your doctor or specialist to talk about any concerns you have.

You may be able to arrange a telehealth appointment with them.

Read more about the ongoing support available during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beyond Blue Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service

Beyond Blue are providing information, advice and strategies to help you manage your wellbeing and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Last updated: 
25 January 2021

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