This page includes advice as of 6 March
on the emerging outbreak of novel coronavirus.
Parents/guardians/carers of students should make sure that any student returning from mainland China (not including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) from 1 February 2020, Iran from 1 March 2020 or South Korea from 5 March, is isolated at home and should not attend school until 14 days after they were last in mainland China, Iran or South Korea.
This recommendation does not apply retrospectively. It applies only to students who were in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020, Iran on or after 1 March 2020 or South Korea on or after 5 March 2020.
The existing advice remains that parents/guardians/carers of students should ensure that any student is isolated at home and should not attend school for 14 days:
following exposure to any confirmed novel coronavirus case; or
after leaving Hubei Province.
The Victorian Government recommends that people who have travelled to China, Iran, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea or Thailand and become unwell to seek medical advice and be tested for coronavirus.
If you have travelled to any of these at-risk countries and begin to feel unwell - develop a fever or shortness of breath, a cough or respiratory illness - call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.
Further information can be found on the following web page under the heading 'Who is most at risk'.
Maintaining good health hygiene at school
Everyone can protect against infections by practicing good hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene. Here are some tips that everyone at school can follow:
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a tissue, or cough into your elbow.
- Dispose of the tissue into a bin and then wash your hands afterwards.
- Wash your hands regularly, after using the toilet, and before eating.
Ten ways to reduce your risk of coronavirus (from the DHHS website)
- Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Drywith paper towel or hand dryer.
- Trynot to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Coveryour 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.
- Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick. If you take medication ensure you have adequate supplies.
- Phoneyour GP first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
- Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep, and now is the time to quit smoking. Call the Quitline 137 848.
- Don'twear a face mask if you are well.
- Buyan alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.
- Getthe flu shot (available April).
- Shaking handsis optional!
For Chinese translations visit the information page for the Chinese community.
For other languages please call the Translating and Interpreting Services on 131 450.
Other useful online resources
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) factsheet for people aged over 65 years (Word)
- Home Isolation Guidance - Australian Federal Government
- Myth busting - Novel Coronaviruson the Better Health Channel
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Factsheet for the Victorian public - updated 03 March 2020
- Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) factsheet for Victorians - Simplified Chinese
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) Advice for Victorians poster - Arabic (PDF)
As per previous advice, all students should be attending school, except those in the categories identified by the Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer and Victoria’s Chief Health Officer as requiring self-isolation.
有现有的咨询，以人没有变化谁已经从中国大陆返回 - 家长/监护人/照顾者应确保任何儿童来自中国大陆（不包括香港，澳门和台湾），2020年2月1日或以后回国被隔离在家里，直到14天后，他们上次在中国大陆不应该上学。