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Slowing the spread

How coronavirus is spread

Coronavirus (COVID-19) can spread through close contact and droplets including:

  • touching people or surfaces
  • common high touch areas like door handles and phones
  • coughs and sneezes.

How to reduce the spread of coronavirus

Reduce the spread of the virus by:

  • staying at home if sick
  • avoid handshaking and kissing
  • washing hands with soap and water before and after eating, after coughing or sneezing, and after going to the toilet or use an use alcohol-based hand sanitiser if washing is unavailable
  • cover coughs and sneezes by:
    • using a tissue and disposing in the bin
    • using upper sleeve or elbow
  • avoid close contact with people - practise physical distancing
  • reduce close contact with strangers to 15 minutes or wear a mask.

If a person has symptoms and needs a COVID-19 test, they can:

  • To reduce the spread of germs at home:

    • practise good hand and sneeze/ cough hygiene
    • avoid handshaking and kissing
    • regularly disinfect high touch surfaces, such as tables, kitchen benches and doorknobs
    • increase ventilation in the home by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning
    • visit shops sparingly and buy more goods and services online
    • consider whether outings and travel, both individual and family, are sensible and necessary.

    Households where people are ill (in addition to the measures above):

    • are for the sick person in a single room if possible
    • keep the number of carers to a minimum
    • keep the door to the sick person’s room closed and, if possible, a window open
    • both the sick person and the people caring for them should wear a surgical mask when they are in the same room
    • protect other vulnerable family members, such as people over 65 years or people with a chronic illness, including, if practicable, finding alternative accommodation.
  • To reduce the spread of germs in the workplace:

    • stay at home if you are sick
    • stop handshaking as a greeting
    • hold meetings via video conferencing or phone call
    • defer large meetings
    • hold essential meetings outside in the open air if possible
    • promote good hand and sneeze/ cough hygiene and provide hand sanitisers for all staff and workers
    • take lunch at your desk or outside rather than in the lunch room
    • clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly
    • consider opening windows and adjusting air conditioning for more ventilation
    • limit food handling and sharing of food in the workplace
    • reconsider non-essential business travel
    • promote strictest hygiene among food preparation (canteen) staff and their close contacts
    • consider if large gatherings can be rescheduled, staggered or cancelled.
  • To reduce the spread of germs in schools:

    • if your child is sick, do not send them to school (or childcare)
    • sanitise hands when entering school and at regular intervals
    • defer activities that lead to mixing between classes and years
    • avoid queuing and consider cancelling school assemblies
    • promote a regular handwashing schedule
    • clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly
    • conduct lessons outdoors where possible
    • consider opening windows and adjusting conditioning for more ventilation
    • promote strictest hygiene among food preparation (canteen) staff and their close contacts.
  • To reduce the spread of germs:

    • sanitise your hands wherever possible, including entering and leaving buildings
    • use tap and pay rather than handling money
    • try and travel at quiet times and try to avoid crowds
    • public transport workers and taxi drivers should open vehicle windows where possible, and regularly clean and disinfect high touch surfaces.

Physical distancing

Physical distancing makes it harder for the virus to spread from person-to-person. If a person is COVID-19 positive they can spread the infection through:

  • direct close contact with another person while they are infectious or in the 24 hours before their symptoms appear
  • coughing and sneezing around other people
  • touching common objects or surfaces (such as door handles) that other people contact and then touch their face or mouth.

Wearing face masks

Wearing a face mask can help keep everyone safe. Read more information about face masks and where you are required to wear them.

When to wear a face mask

Wearing a mask is no substitute for good personal hygiene and physical distancing.

It is recommended that you take extra precautions and wear a mask if you:

  • Have any symptoms and are seeking medical advice
  • Are going to get tested
  • Can’t maintain a physical distancing of 1.5 metres from others
  • Are a vulnerable person or feel uncomfortable and wish to wear a mask when in close contact with others or visiting crowded indoor areas.

Face masks help stop droplets spreading when you’re in close contact with someone and they laugh, speak, cough or sneeze.

Read more information about face masks.

A person infected with COVID-19 can be:

  • asymptomatic (doesn’t show symptoms at all)
  • pre symptomatic (not yet showing symptoms)
  • mildly symptomatic (showing mild symptoms).

COVIDSafe App

The COVIDSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps us support and protect you, your friends and family.

Please read the content on this page before downloading.

Compliance

Fines can be issued by Police or Authorised Officers for failing to abide by the Chief Health Officer Directions under section 56 of the Public and Environmental Health Act 2011.

This includes failing to comply with quarantine requirements, breaching a bio security checkpoint or failing to follow any other public health direction.

In addition to this, the NTG recently passed legislation making spitting or coughing at a Territory worker is a $5495 offence and offenders will potentially face jail time.

More information

For more information, go to the Australian Government's Department of Health website.