This policy highlights Blossom Care Australia’s response to the novel COVID-19 virus.
What is COVID-19?
A novel (new) strain of coronavirus is causing a respiratory disease called COVID-19. COVID-19 spreads from person to person in a similar way to the flu:
· from close contact with an infected person
· from touching objects or surfaces contaminated by the sneeze or cough of an infected person and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
COVID-19 can cause symptoms similar to the flu, including fever, cough, sore throat, tiredness or shortness of breath.
Most people who are infected experience mild illness from which they fully recover. However, some people may develop more serious illness with pneumonia. People at increased risk include the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions or a weakened immune system.
What must I do if I have symptoms?
It is important to contact your healthcare provider if you should present with symptoms. You must seek immediate medical attention if you become ill during the quarantine period. Participants who experience symptoms must notify the Management Team as soon as possible. We ask that you complete our COVID-19 Questionnaire to make sure that we stop the spread of the virus.
Preventing the spread of COVID-19
Simple hygiene practices, similar to those used to protect against the flu, can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infection.
Blossom Care Australia where necessary and appropriate to do so, will:
· Provide hand washing facilities and make sure these are kept clean, properly stocked and in good working order.
· Provide alcohol-based hand sanitiser, tissues, cleaning supplies and PPE.
· Promote good hygiene practices, e.g. hand washing posters
· Keep the workplace clean and hygienic. Regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces such as door handles and workstations helps prevent contamination.
· If a worker is confirmed or is suspected to have COVID-19, they are required to call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line (1800 020 080).
While coronavirus is of concern, it is important to remember that most people displaying symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or tiredness are likely suffering with a cold or other respiratory illness - not COVID-19.
For the latest advice, information and resources, go to www.health.gov.au
Call the National Coronavirus Health Helpline on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.
The phone number of your state or territory public health agency is available at www.health.gov.au/state-territory-contacts
If you have concerns about your health, speak to your doctor.