Coronavirus Hotline 1800 675 398

    Call this line if you are seeking information on COVID-19. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Important message from the Victorian government to have a COVID-safe summer

    • As restrictions ease, it’s important that we act to keep ourselves and others safe. These actions below can help protect you from coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • Stay safe by washing your hands regularly, having a face mask with you and wearing it when required, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and keeping at least 1.5 metres from others.
    • Keep your friends and family safe by meeting outdoors. There is a lower risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) between people if you are outdoors.
    • Face masks must be worn on public transport, when in taxis or rideshare vehicles, or when going to shopping centres, indoor markets and some large retail stores such as supermarkets and department stores, unless you have a lawful reason not to. You must carry a face mask with you when you leave home. It is strongly recommended that you wear a face mask when you can’t maintain 1.5 metres distance from other people in all other situations.
    • Venues and facilities have specific requirements such as operating with a COVIDSafe Plan, density limits (maximum numbers of people allowed in a space), cleaning and record keeping – please respect these.
    • If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) get tested and stay home. Stay at home if you feel unwell.

    From the Department of Health and Human Services

    • If you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you should seek advice and get tested.People with no symptoms can also be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) in very specific circumstances:
      • if they are a close contact exposed to someone known to have coronavirus (COVID-19)
      • as part of an outbreak investigation and response by the Department of Health and Human Services
      • if they are a returned international traveller
      • if they are due to have surgery or a planned hospital stay
      • if they are part of a targeted testing program across an industry or group.

    If you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you should seek advice and get tested.

    What are the symptoms?

    The symptoms to watch out for are:

    • Fever
    • Chills or sweats
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Shortness of breath
    • Runny nose
    • Loss or change in sense of smell or taste.

    In certain circumstances headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may also be considered.

    To get further advice, call the 24-hour coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398, your local doctor.

    What if I feel tired or fatigued?

    Feeling tired or fatigued is common during many illnesses, including coronavirus (COVID-19). If you are feeling tired and have any of the symptoms above, you should get further advice about testing for coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Why should I get tested?

    Diagnosing coronavirus (COVID-19) early, even when symptoms are mild, helps us to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Testing helps us track the spread of the virus and keep our families and communities safe.

    Getting tested means that you can take informed action to protect yourself and your loved ones. You will be doing your part to protect all Victorians.

    I have symptoms. When should I get tested?

    As soon as you have any of the symptoms, however mild, get tested as soon as you can, preferably that same day.


    For trusted and up to date facts, including containment measures, funding packages, virus information, treatment and testing

    Australian Government Department of Health
    Vic Department of Health & Human Services
    State Government Premier’s Office

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