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Health and wellbeing

It’s up to all of us to keep healthy and well. There are steps you can take to protect your wellbeing, stay safe and stop the spread of COVID-19.


Feeling unwell?

If you develop a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste, seek medical attention.

If you are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

Stay safe and healthy

Got symptoms? Get tested

Fever, cough, sore throat, short breath, loss of smell or taste? Even if you have mild symptoms of COVID-19, get tested.

Testing clinics near you

Testing clinics are open all over NSW. Find the clinic nearest to you. You may have to book ahead.

Mental health and wellbeing

Stay connected, exercise, stick to a routine, take breaks from the news and social media. Ask for help when you need it.

Help stop the spread of COVID-19

There are precautions you can take to stay safe and stop the spread of COVID-19 throughout our community.

Physical distancing

Reducing your close physical contacts and keeping good personal hygiene can slow the spread of COVID-19.

How to self-isolate

If you are travelling, waiting on test results or have had recent contact with a COVID-19 infection, you may have to self-isolate.

Practicing good hygiene

Coronavirus can survive on surfaces from a few hours to several days. Find out about personal hygiene and cleaning your home.

Face masks

Wearing a face mask may provide an additional physical barrier to help to reduce community transmission.

How to protect yourself and others

COVID-19 has meant changes to how we all live. Some communities are at higher risk of developing the virus. Find out about staying healthy and looking after the wellbeing of those around you.

Seniors, people aged 70 years and over are at higher risk of more severe symptoms if they are infected with coronavirus (COVID-19). There are steps you can take to lower the risk for seniors.

If you are pregnant, planning a child or have recently had a newborn, you might be wondering what impacts coronavirus (COVID-19) could have on you and your baby.

There are ways of lowering the risk of exposure for you and your child to COVID-19. You can find out more about pregnancy, parenting, and COVID-19 on Pregnancy, Birth and Baby. 

The NSW Government has advice on how covid-19 will affect pregnant women and new parents and advice for employers who have pregnant workers. 

Looking after your health and wellbeing is important during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Find out staying well,  connection to culture and where you can get help

People with some specific health conditions are at a higher risk of serious infection from COVID-19.

This includes people with a chronic medical condition, such as:

  • a heart or lung condition
  • high blood pressure
  • kidney disease
  • diabetes.

People who live with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of all infections, including COVID-19. Find out more about the taking care of people with health conditions COVID-19 and Immunodeficiency page on the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy website.

Some people with disability may have higher rates of health issues, including chronic conditions and weakened immune systems. 

Find out about caring for people with disability on the Commonwealth Department of Health website.

If you are caring for a sick family member with flu-like symptoms or someone who is self-isolating there are things you should do to help stop the spread of infection.

  • Care for the sick person in a single room.
  • Keep the door closed and windows open, where possible.
  • Keep the number of carers to a minimum.
  • Always use a hand sanitiser before and after entering the room, or wash hands with soap and water.
  • Keep the sick person’s cups, plates and eating utensils separate to the rest of the household.
  • Wear a surgical mask (single-use face mask) when you are in the sick person’s room, if available.
  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly.
  • Dispose of tissues and masks in a sealed plastic bag and put in the usual household waste.
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