Good hygiene for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Everyone can help build a COVIDSafe Australia as restrictions ease. Everyone must continue to practise good hygiene at all times to prevent the virus spreading.

When you are well

Everyone – even when well – can help slow the spread of COVID-19.

This means:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water. This includes before and after eating and after going to the toilet
  • use alcohol-based hand sanitisers when you can’t use soap and water
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • clean and disinfect surfaces you use often such as benchtops, desks and doorknobs
  • clean and disinfect objects you use often such as mobile phones, keys, wallets and work passes
  • increase the amount of fresh air by opening windows or changing air conditioning

There is limited evidence that alcohol-free hand rubs are effective against COVID-19. Experts recommend the use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

When you are sick

As we move towards living COVIDSafe, it is important that you stay at home if you feel unwell. You should also continue to practise good hygiene.

If you have cold or flu like symptoms you should seek medical advice and get tested for COVID-19. You should get tested even if your symptoms are mild.

If you have COVID-19 you must isolate and follow the directions of your local Public Health Unit.

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To help stop the spread of viruses
like the flu or coronavirus
good hygiene is essential.
That starts with washing your hands thoroughly
with soap and water
whenever you cough, sneeze or blow your nose,
prepare food or eat, care for someone sick,
touch your face, or use the toilet.
Remember to cough or sneeze into your arm
or a tissue. Bin the tissue and wash your hands.
Together, we can help stop the spread
and stay healthy.
Authorised by the Australian Government, Canberra.

Everyone must also stay 1.5 metres away from other people whenever possible. This is called physical distancing.

Last updated: 
14 April 2021

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