Covid-19

Unite in the fight against Covid-19 (Novel Coronovirus)

Covid-19 is a new virus which affects the lungs and airways. The virus' spread and symptoms are similar to those of the common cold and flu. The virus is spread from person to person through physical contact; droplets in the air; or touching droplets on surfaces and then touching your face. To prevent the spread of the virus; practise physical distancing from people you don’t know; stay home if you’re unwell; wash and dry your hands regularly; and cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue or into your elbow.

Symptoms

Symptoms of the virus may include one or more of the following;

  • Coughing
  • A high temperature (above 38˚C)
  • Shortness of breath
  • A sore throat
  • Sneezing or a runny nose
  • Temporary loss of smell.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call the free healthline number: 0800 358 5453, or contact your doctor immediately.

People at higher risk

People with underlying health conditions are most at risk of Covid-19 becoming a severe illness. You are more vulnerable if you are over 70 years old with a health condition, living in an aged care facility where spread can occur more easily, are pregnant and in your third trimester, have a medical condition and/or compromised immunity.

If you’re working or volunteering where there is high risk of exposure to Covid-19 you should talk with your employer/volunteer coordinator to assess risk and options for working/volunteering differently if needed.

More information can be found here; Guidance for people who are more at risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

We’re here to help

Age Concern is here to help all older people in need. During the different alert levels we assisted with shopping, banking and relieving anxieties around Covid-19. If you are feeling anxious or are unsure who to contact about an issue, enter your postcode below to contact your nearest Age Concern.

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