How to protect your health

What you need to know to stay safe around COVID-19

An Easy Read guide

 

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The NSW Government wrote this guide. 
When you see the word ‘we’, it means the 
NSW Government.

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We wrote this guide in an easy to read way. 
We use pictures to explain some ideas. 

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We have written some words in bold
This means the letters are thicker and darker.
We explain what these words mean.

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You can ask for help to read this guide. 
A friend, family member or support person 
may be able to help you. 

Face masks

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Wearing a face mask is a good way to 
protect yourself from COVID-19.

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You should wear a face mask when you:
 

  • use public transport
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  • travel in a taxi or rideshare vehicle, 
    like an Uber
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  • fly on an aeroplane 

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  • go to hospital
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  • go to an aged care home – a place where older people live.
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When you visit some places, you might be 
asked to wear a face mask.

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For example, if you go to an indoor 
music concert. 

a crowded indoor venue

It’s a good idea to wear a face mask if
you’re in a crowded place. 

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You should carry a face mask with you just in 
case you need to wear it

Washing your hands

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You should wash your hands:
 

  • with soap and water
  • for at least 20 seconds.
sanitiser

If you can't wash your hands, you can use 
hand sanitiser.

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You should bring hand sanitiser with you 
when you leave your home. 

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Always wash your hands:

 

  • before you eat
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  • when you come home.

Support for you

woman staying at home in self isolation for 7 days

When you have COVID-19, you must stay at 
home for 7 days.

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We have pictures that help explain what the self isolation rules are.

 

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Publications/self-isolate-infographic.pdf

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There are services you can contact if you: 

 

  • don’t feel safe at home
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  • experience family and domestic violence.
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Family and domestic violence is when you 
are hurt by someone close to you, such as:

 

  • your boyfriend, girlfriend or partner
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  • your husband, wife or spouse
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  • a member of your family
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  • someone who takes care of you.
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You can call our Domestic Violence Helpline.


1800 65 64 63

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You can call the Service NSW 
COVID-19 Helpline.
 

13 77 88

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You can go to our website.

www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

 

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