Updated 2 July 2020
What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that make people sick, such as common colds and other upper respiratory tract infections.
COVID-19 is a kind of coronavirus which is causing more people to be sick and develop more serious illness than other coronaviruses.
The World Health Organisation declared COVID-19, originating in Hubei Province, China, a global pandemic in March 2020 due to its rapid spread throughout the world.
Latest information and resources
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is changing rapidly. The most up-to-date information for Australians is on the Australian Government website here. You can also access helpful resources such as fact sheets and FAQs (including in languages other than English) here. If you have any concerns that are not covered in these resources, the Australian Government has set up a Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
The Australian Government has created two important smartphone apps which can help us all stay safe and defeat the virus. Downloading CovidSafe app will allow you to be informed quickly if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This is a vital step in keeping our community safe and protecting our most vulnerable members.
As a country, we’re really doing well to have limited the spread and the damage caused by the virus so far. Following the social distancing and other public health advice has been key in this achievement so far and the new CovidSafe app has great potential to quickly stop the further spread of COVID-19. Asthma Australia encourages people with asthma and their families to download the app on their smartphones and devices.
And while you’re there, we would also recommend the Australian Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) app. This app provides essential information about the virus, updates news on restrictions including links to states’ specific recommendations and gives you a chance to input your symptoms in case you have any.