For the latest information on COVID-19:
As we are Australian based this is a list of contacts for medical updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic and official medical advice is for Australians to follow. For other countries please refer to your local health authority.
The mounting challenges to health and society posed by Coronavirus, or COVID-19, have generated wide-ranging and demanding responses. This bulletin seeks to set out for our clients the latest authoritative information that may help people to understand and respond in the best way they can.
Developments this week on Coronavirus have included a boost to information services, measures expanding telehealth, enforced limits on dispensing and sales of certain prescription and over-the-counter medicines and extension of limits on public gatherings and travel.
Also government agencies have warned consumers to beware of scams seeking to exploit Coronavirus fears.
National Coronavirus Helpline
Healthdirect Australia has ramped up its community information with a new National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 to respond to inquiries on Coronavirus and symptoms.
There is also the Service Finder listing COVID-19 respiratory centres as they are established. A widget is available to embed on your website.
The healthdirect app includes all of the above in one place.
The Australian Department of Health issued a series of announcements. These are in addition to important health videos and broader official advice on the Department of Health website and include factsheets on:
Guidance on isolation:
Advice on public gatherings and visits:
Limits on dispensing of medicines:
Pharmacy deliveries to COVID- affected and vulnerable people:
National Health Plan resources announced earlier, on March 12, are at: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-national-health-plan-resources
New Zealand’s advice site, go to: https://covid19.govt.nz/
Flu Tracker is an early warning survey, a community-based way of monitoring spread of flu, see: https://info.flutracking.net/
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced a scam watch to crack down on illicit schemes to exploit community anxiety about Coronavirus including the promotion of bogus products and services. See:
The Australian Government agency, Stay Smart Online, has also issued an alert warning of Covid-19 scam messages. See https://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/alert-service/covid-19-scam-messages-targeting-australians
Exercise during COVID-19 outbreak
According to Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA), exercise is now more important than ever to help keep our population healthy. Research shows that exercise can support our immune system and our mental health.
Top Tips from ESSA: