COVID-19 is a new disease that infects the respiratory (breathing) system: the nose, throat and lungs. It is caused by a new type of coronavirus that spreads easily from person to person. Understanding the virus and how it spreads will help you to protect yourself and others.
The virus is highly transmissible and can spread through:
- Close contact with an infectious person.
- Contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze.
- Touching surfaces (like door handles or tables) that have been contaminated with cough or sneeze droplets from a person with COVID-19, and then touching your mouth or face.
People with COVID-19 may experience:
- Flu-like symptoms such as cough, sore throat and extreme tiredness.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
- Other symptoms can include runny nose, headache, muscle or joint pains, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of sense of smell, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite and fatigue.
To know more about COVID-19 and prepare for a return of activities please consult the following resources:
- AIS framework for rebooting sport
- Australian Government - Department of Health
- How to prepare for coronavirus
- Coronavirus: Reassuring your child about the unknown
- Talking to Children and Young People about COVID-19