COVID-19 basics

What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause respiratory illness in humans. These can range from the common cold to more serious illnesses. The current spread of Coronavirus is caused by a new virus that has not been seen in humans before. It is called “novel” or “new” Coronavirus, or COVID-19. The information here is about COVID-19.

How is COVID-19 spread?

The virus is spread by respiratory droplets: moisture expelled by coughing and sneezing. COVID-19 droplets are heavy so only travel about one metre before falling. The Department of Health recommends keeping 1.5 metres away from other people to prevent the spread of the virus.

How can I stay well and safe?

The Australian Department of Health regularly updates and collects all COVID-19 information on its website: