19th March 2020

Hi members,

As Australia and the world face an unprecedented health event many of us are committed to our work, family and health obligations.

The chapter committee and regional director have been in daily discussions on our responsibility to our members.

COVID-19 spreads through close contact with an infected person; mostly face-to-face or within a household. It cannot jump across a room or be carried for long distances in the air so we should all go about our lives as normal as possible.

What can you do to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection?

Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.

Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.

Stay at home if you feel sick. If you take medication make sure you have enough.

Phone your doctor or the hotline – 1800 675 398 – if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.

Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep.

Wearing a face mask is not necessary if you are well.

Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.

Everyone should now take steps to prepare for the possibility of transmission of coronavirus in the coming weeks or months.

My best advice is to refer to NSW Health

Michael Szczerbanik

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