CENTRAL Victorians can reduce their risk of contracting coronavirus by taking basic hygiene measures, authorities say.
Australia's deputy Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly has urged all people to wash their hands, cough and sneeze into their elbow.
Bendigo Community Health Services director of Primary Care Services Graem Kelly said without a vaccine for the coronavirus, public health measures were the only control measures.
"People are to be strongly reminded to undertake appropriate hand washing, limit personal contact, manage sneezing and coughing appropriately," he said.
"Where you do have reason to believe you've either recently been in contact with someone who has over the condition, or who has traveled overseas recently or has symptoms of a cold and flu, contact us."
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People should wash their hands often with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds, then dry with a paper towel or hand dryer, according to the Department of Health and Humans Services.
DHHS said Victorians should try not to touch their eyes, nose or mouth. Anyone coughing or sneezing should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue. If they don't have a tissue people should cough and sneeze into their upper sleeve and elbow.
Anyone feeling sick should isolate themselves at home and phone their GP.
People should continue healthy habits such as exercise, drinking water, sleeping and quitting smoking.
"Shaking hands is optional" the Department said.
For information about the coronavirus, contact the dedicated hotline on: 1800 675 398.
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