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COVID-19 (a strain of Coronavirus) is a virus that affects the human body. The World
Health Organisation (WHO) has announced it as a ‘pandemic’, which means its an
infection that has spread over a very wide area (such as throughout a whole country,
or many countries), often affecting many people.

It is a new (or ‘novel’) virus, which means that health professionals are learning about
it as they treat the people who contract the virus. There is currently no cure or

What is Coronavirus

COVID-19 is a new stain of Coronavirus that has not previously been identified in
humans. It was first found in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, but has now spread
throughout China and many other countries of the world.

Patients may have a fever or raised temperature, cough, a runny nose, shortness of
breath or difficulty breathing. Sometimes people can be infected with Coronavirus
and not show any symptoms.

How is Coronavirus Spread

Human Coronaviruses are spread from person-to-person, from someone infected
with the virus coming in close contact with others through:

• Contaminated droplets from coughing or sneezing
• Contact with contaminated hands, surfaces, or objects

For People with Disability

It is very important for all people to stay a safe distance from all other people and for
everyone to maintain strict hygiene, to ensure that the virus does not have an
opportunity to spread. Advice is to stay 1.5 metres away from people.

People with disability may often rely on others in their every-day life for things like
personal care support or support with daily activities. This may mean they’re more
likely to have physical contact with others. For these people we strongly encourage
awareness in adhering to COVID-19 health advice. This can add challenges and a
need for more, or different types of support in order to keep safe and healthy.

Information and Advice Updates

There is a lot of information available, and it’s changing daily. It can feel difficult and
confusing to get up to date and accurate information as we learn more about the

The best place to look for the most up to date information and advice, is from
Australian and South Australian Government websites. Advice is changing very
quickly as Governments work with health authorities worldwide, to share information
and provide support to control the spread of the virus.

The following websites are very useful for getting accurate and up-to-date advice
and information. They are updated very regularly:

SA Health Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Advice, FAQs and latest updates
regarding COVID-19

Fact Sheet on Mental Health Impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19), including telephone
and online supports, focused on mental health

Advice on response to reduce risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) contraction and transmission, and
manage spread of the virus

Visual Resources

Stop Coronavirus in its Tracks a short visual by First Peoples Disability Network on how to help contain the virus with hygiene


Some Useful Contacts

If you have questions about the COVID-19 virus, or you feel your mental well-being
may be affected, you can access free counselling and support by calling:

• Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
• Lifeline Australia 13 11 14
• Regional Access Program 1300 032 186

For people under 25 years of age:
• Youth Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
• Headspace 1800 650 890

DACSSA is here for you

We are still here. Business as usual.

In line with Government recommendations, we are making some changes to keep
you and the wider community safe and healthy. This means we will not be able to
meet in person, for the time being.

As always, you can call us 9am-5pm on week days, on 08 7122 6030. If it’s easier to
write, you can email us at or reach out to us through our
website Contact Us page, or complete an online form (below) and we’ll give you a call.

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