COVID-19 (sometimes called coronavirus) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat, and shortness of breath. The virus can spread from person to person, but good hygiene can prevent infection.
If you or someone you care about is feeling worried about COVID-19, you're not alone. You can call Beyond Blue's Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service on 1800 512 348 and talk to a trained counsellor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you are feeling unwell and would like advice on whether to see your doctor, manage your health at home, or visit an emergency department, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor. You can also call the healthdirect helpline on 1800 022 222 and speak to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, you can call the national Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you're feeling unwell and are unsure whether to see your doctor or manage your symptoms at home, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor or:
In an emergency situation, call 000 immediately.
If you're feeling worried, anxious or stressed right now, you're not alone. Go to:
In these uncertain times, children and young people might experience difficult emotions. Here are some handy resources:
Whether you're an older person yourself or caring for someone, you might feel vulnerable right now. Here is some useful information to consider:
If you're dealing addictive coping behaviours due to the COVID-19 situation, you're not alone. Go to:
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