Your health and wellbeing

March 14, 2020

Deakin’s COVID-19 FAQs

 

Managing your health and wellbeing during COVID-19 outbreak, self-distancing and isolation – 1 April 2020


What should I do if I am feeling unwell?

If you suspect you have COVID-19 symptoms, as with any sickness if you feel unwell, we encourage you to reconsider your need to come to campus and instead, seek medical attention. Call ahead to book an appointment with your doctor, General Practitioner or Emergency Centre and advise your symptoms, travel history and any recent close contact with someone who has coronavirus. To locate your nearest service visit the  National Health Service Directory.  

Deakin Medical Centres have limited capacity to see students.  Please do not present at the Deakin Medical Centre, instead please phone the Centre and a practice nurse will assist you in the first instance.  This will assist the health and wellbeing of the entire Deakin community.

If you suspect you may have COVID-19, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398.

Triple Zero (000) should only be used for emergencies. International students will not have to pay for testing or treatment for COVID-19, as this should be covered by their health insurance.

What should I do to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Federal Department of Health recommends that everyone should practice good hygiene. Good hygiene includes:   

  • covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
  • disposing of tissues properly
  • washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet
  • using alcohol-based hand sanitisers
  • cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
  • if you are sick, avoiding contact with others and staying more than 1.5 metres away from people
  • cleaning and sanitising frequently used objects such as mobiles, keys and wallets

​Surgical masks in the community are only helpful in preventing people who have coronavirus from spreading it to others. If you are well, you do not need to wear a surgical mask as there is little evidence supporting the widespread use of surgical masks in healthy people to prevent transmission in public.

I am feeling anxious and stressed about COVID-19 and the changing circumstances?

Many people are understandably experiencing feelings of uncertainty and worry about how the COVID-19 pandemic might impact their lives and loved ones. We have developed a guide look after your mental health including strategies for managing your feelings. Further, we have a range of support available to help you. If you are experiencing a higher level of distress, you can make an online appointment with our Counselling and Psychological Support service.

I am struggling with the transition to university and study online. Where can I get help?

The start of this University year has been like no other – the COVID-19 situation has caused great uncertainty and unease around the world. Deakin has been working hard to protect the health and wellbeing of our community, and following a pause of on-campus teaching, we’ll be delivering all classes online. We have some tips to help with your transition to university and to online in Are you struggling to adjust to uni in the changed learning environment? We’re here to support you.

Should I get the flu vaccination? (updated 1 April)

Vaccination is the best protection against the flu.  

Please Note: As per instructions from Department of Health and Human Services, State Government of Victoria, the flu vaccination will not combat COVID-19. However, it can help reduce the severity and spread of seasonal influenza, which can lower a person’s immunity and make them susceptible to other illnesses.   

Deakin flu vaccination programs are changing in response to COVID-19 social distancing obligations.   

The on-campus flu vaccination will ONLY be available to the following groups of students: 

  1. Students remaining in Deakin student accommodation.These students will receive direct communication on where and how flu vaccination will be made available.  This is likely to be toward the end of April. 
  2. Nursing students will receive direct communication on where and how their flu and other vaccinations will be made available.  This is likely to be early to mid-April.

About COVID-19

Who is at risk?

In Australia, the people most at risk of getting the virus are those who have recently been in a  and people who have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19. If you have concerns about your risk level the Department of Health and Human Services have released a Self-assessment for risk of coronavirus (COVID-19).  

What should I do to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Federal Department of Health recommends that everyone should practice good hygiene. Good hygiene includes:  

  • covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
  • disposing of tissues properly
  • washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet
  • using alcohol-based hand sanitisers
  • cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
  • if you are sick, avoiding contact with others and staying more than 1.5 metres away from people
  • cleaning and sanitising frequently used objects such as mobiles, keys and wallets

Surgical masks in the community are only helpful in preventing people who have coronavirus from spreading it to others. If you are well, you do not need to wear a surgical mask as there is little evidence supporting the widespread use of surgical masks in healthy people to prevent transmission in public.  

More information about protective measures can be found on the World Health Organisation website.   

What is social distancing?

Social distancing includes ways to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. It means less contact between you and other people.

Read the Australia Federal Government’s social distancing advice to learn how to practice social distancing. Deakin will implement social distancing measures consistent with Department of Health guidance. See the FAQs in the section ‘Deakin’s response to COVID-19’ to find out more.

What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation is staying at home to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 to others. You must self-isolate if:

  • You have COVID-19
  • You have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • You arrived in Australia after midnight on 15 March 2020

I live with other people. How can I self-isolate?

You can still self-isolate when you live with other people. To self-isolate, the Department of Health (Federal) advises that:

  • only people who usually live in the household should be in the home. Do not allow visitors into the home
  • there is no need to wear masks in the home
  • you should not attend public places, in particular, work, school, childcare or university
  • where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated to get food or other necessities for you
  • if you must leave home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask if you have one
  • you follow the above advice on practising good hygiene.

Read the Department of Health’s isolation guidelines.


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