About Coronavirus

All that you need to know about coronavirus, its symptoms, and how you can react.

Facts about coronavirus

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. It is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia.

Some people recover easily, others may get very sick very quickly. There is evidence that it spreads from person to person.


Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath.

If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help.

How to protect yourself and others

Everyone must practise good hygiene to protect against infection and prevent the virus spreading.

Read Department of Health’s guide on how to protect yourself and others, for advice on good hygiene, self-isolation, and social distancing

The World Health Organisation has produced a video which explains the virus, where it came from, what it does, how it’s transmitted, what the symptoms are, and how we can prevent infection. This information sheet from the Australian Department of Health also has useful information.

If you’re concerned, call the Australian Government’s Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.