As the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and in particular the Delta Strain, reaches across the Sydney Basin we want to help you know how to protect your health and that of your family, friends and community. Sydney is on high alert but together we can overcome COVID-19. To do so, it’s important you understand the power of this virus and the steps you should take to avoid it.
What to know and what to do:
- COVID-19 is causing serious illness and death in young people. Please see more information in different languages: English, Arabic, Bangla, Farsi, Gujarati, Nepali, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Thai and Urdu.
- The greatest number of people who have COVID-19 have caught it in their homes or workplaces.
- If you are directed to get tested for COVID‑19 or self-isolate at any time, you must follow the rules whether or not the venue or exposure setting is listed on the NSW Health website.
- It remains vital that anyone who has any symptoms or is a close or casual contact of a person with COVID-19, isolates and is tested immediately. When testing clinics are busy, please ensure you stay in line, identify yourself to staff and tell them that you have symptoms or are a contact of a case.
- Please only leave your home if it is absolutely essential.
- You cannot visit family or friends who live elsewhere and they cannot visit you. Please make sure you contact your family and friends, especially the older people in our community, by phone or email. To avoid feelings of sadness and isolation, do keep in touch with them by phone or email. If you visited someone regularly before lockdown, please pick up the phone and give them a call. Help them to understand what’s going on and to stay safe in this difficult time.
- You can give COVID-19 to others before you have any symptoms.
- Any time you leave the house, you should wear a mask. Masks should always be worn indoors (other than in your own home) as well as outside when you can’t stay more than 1.5 metres away from other people. This is often called social distancing.
- Only one person from your home should go shopping, and only for essential shopping for as short a time as possible.
- The most common signs of COVID-19 are headache, sore throat and a runny nose. Please do not delay getting a test if you have any of these symptoms. If you wait for two to three days you may have already infected your family and friends.
- Don’t go to the doctor or pharmacy unless you have to. If you are feeling sick, call your doctor first. Send someone who is well to get your medicine.
- Help your family and friends to book a vaccination appointment – you can go to the Vaccine Eligibility Checker or through Hot Doc and find what is available for you.
- If you need financial support visit Services Australia.
To learn more – including in other languages:
- COVID-19 - Coronavirus in-language resources — MHCS (nsw.gov.au)
- COVID-19 Glossary – MHCS
- SWSLHD - Links to NSW Health Initiatives and Programs
- Sydney Children’s Hospital Network
NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service
World Health Organisation
If you’d like to find out more information on how you can join the community groups, departments and organisations from the different sectors and industries who we have been collaborating with as part of our COVID-19 response, please contact us.