What should I do to protect myself and others?

At a minimum:

  • Avoid contact with people who have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Practice ‘social distancing’: keep 1.5 metres away from others
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom and before eating. Ask your carers to assist if necessary.
  • Cover your mouth to cough or sneeze, use hand sanitiser and dispose of used tissues
  • Regularly clean the surfaces that are often touched in your home
  • Make sure your carers or support workers also wash their hands before and after assisting you
  • You may require more contact isolation and precautions, including the use of Personal Protective Equipment, if you have a higher level of personal and situational risk. Telephone your healthcare professional/s for advice
  • You may choose to self-isolate at home to reduce the risk of exposure, depending on your needs. Visit the Department of Health website for more information: health.gov.au

You should also:
Consider Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) – particularly if you have tetraplegia or at-risk paraplegia. There’s plenty of information under ‘Inspiratory muscle training for people with SCI’.

Do you have questions? Contact ParaQuad:  paraquad@paraquad.org.au