IMPORTANT: If you have severe difficulty breathing, call triple zero (000) immediately and tell the call handler and the paramedics on arrival about your recent travel history and any close contact with a person with confirmed or probable COVID-19.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Click on the links below for answers to questions about the coronavirus and COVID-19.
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by a recently identified strain of coronavirus in humans. The virus first appeared in Wuhan city in Hubei Province, China at the end of 2019 and used to be known as the 'novel coronavirus (2019-nCov)'. COVID-19 has since spread to most countries, including Australia.
National Coronavirus HelplineFor information on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), call the Australian Government's National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080.
COVID-19 in pictures
Use these visual guides for advice on how to avoid coronavirus infection and self-isolation tips.
COVID-19 and your mental health
Get useful tips and find out how to seek help for mental health during COVID-19 — including telehealth services and free helplines.
Frequent hand-washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness. Here's how to do it well.
About other coronaviruses
Coronaviruses form a large family of viruses that can cause a range of illnesses, including COVID-19 but also the common cold, SARS and MERS.
Contact tracing is a method used to slow the spread of infections by identifying people who have been in contact with an infected person.
What is a pandemic?
A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a new disease, such as the coronavirus (COVID-19). Here's what you need to know, including how epidemics are different.
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Last reviewed: July 2020