What is COVID-19 (coronavirus) poster
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Coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, is an illness that affects the lungs and is caused by a new virus. The virus can spread from person to person very easily.
It can spread when a person coughs or sneezes the virus into the air. People may breathe in the virus or touch the virus on surfaces.
Everybody is at risk of getting coronavirus (COVID-19). For most people, they will only develop mild illness, but others may develop severe sickness that affects the lungs, heart and brain.
People who have weaker immune systems or chronic health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease) and Aboriginal Elders are at greater risk of getting very sick or dying from COVID-19.
Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms and recover.
But some people like Elders, or people with medical conditions can get very sick and may need to go to the hospital.
COVID-19 can cause symptoms like:
For some people, sickness can be more severe and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties and can even cause death.
Call 000 if you need urgent medical help (such as chest pain or difficulty breathing).
Watch the video in Pitjantjatjara language.
If you are feeling very sick, such as chest pain or can’t breathe easily call 000 (Triple Zero).
If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild, get a COVID-19 PCR test as soon as symptoms appear. Anyone can get tested and it’s nothing to feel ashamed of.
It’s fast, safe and clean. The COVID-19 test is free for everyone and you don’t need Medicare.
After your test, go straight home and wait for your results, avoiding other people and places.
Visit the Testing for COVID-19 page for information on:
Visit the PCR Testing page to find your closest PCR testing location.
Visit the RAT testing page to find your closest rapid-antigen test (RAT) collection points across metropolitan and regional South Australia.
An easy read fact sheet provides information and instructions on how to use a rapid antigen test (RAT).
Call the SA COVID Information Line on 1800 253 787 if you want more information on COVID-19.
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Isolation or quarantine means staying in one place, such as your house or suitable place where you can be away from other people.
You will need to isolate or quarantine from others if you:
You can only leave isolation for urgent medical care or to get a COVID-19 test. If you must leave for these reasons, wear a surgical face mask and tell staff you are in quarantine.
You cannot go to public places like shops, work, schools, catch public transport, go to gatherings or have visitors at your home.
You can shop online for food and essential items, or have family or community deliver things to your door.
If you become sicker, call your doctor or clinic for advice. Tell them you are in isolation.
For more information, visit the Isolation and quarantine advice for COVID-19 webpage.
Two alternative home quarantine centres have been set up to support people from local and remote communities who have tested positive with COVID-19 and cannot isolate away from others at home. The two centres are located at:
During their stay, people receive 24/7 specialised care and support for individual health and cultural needs.
SA Health helps transport people to the centres, and then returns people to Country once the isolation period is finished.
Aboriginal people are at risk of getting really sick from COVID-19. Even if you are feeling well it is important to take steps to stop the spread and prevent the virus from spreading.
You can protect yourself and others with these COVID Safe behaviours:
Aboriginal people are vulnerable when it comes to COVID-19 because:
Normally we have gatherings when someone has passed away but, during the coronavirus pandemic, larger groups of people mean greater risk of spreading the virus, especially for the more vulnerable such as Elders and people who already have health problems.
Restrictions are in place for the number of people allowed to gather for funerals and sorry business. These restrictions will change over time. For current activity and gathering restrictions, visit the COVID-19 website.
Travel restrictions may also be in place across Australia so people may not be able to travel to attend gatherings.
Read, share and display the Funerals and sorry business advice poster (PDF 251KB) when you have gatherings to protect your mob.
In response to concern around family members in Aboriginal communities being separated in the case of a COVID-19 outbreak, this FAQ fact sheet (PDF 154KB) provides clarification around care arrangements for children during a COVID-19 outbreak.