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As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic evolves in Tasmania, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Tasmanian Branch (ANMF) will be focused on delivering critical information to members to ensure that you are protected from a work health and safety perspective, both industrially and professionally. This page will be the continually updated as we traverse the changing health requirements with you. We will continue to provide succinct information as it comes to hand to keep you informed on developments and entitlements, whilst also addressing your concerns via email and text. If you have changed your contact information or workplace recently, please let us know here. This will ensure you are receiving the latest information as it comes to hand.

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You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:

  • Stay vigilant and don’t get complacent
  • Provide re-assurance to patients
  • Protect yourself at all times
  • Regularly & thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub, or wash them with soap and water.
  • Maintain at least 1.5 metre distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Practice good respiratory hygiene (i.e cough or sneeze into you elbow)
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance Follow the directions of your local health authority
  • Use appropriate PPE and practice correct donning on and off procedures of PPE

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia. Some people recover easily, others may get very sick very quickly. There is evidence that it spreads from person to person. Good hygiene can prevent infection. The World Health Organisation has compiled a frequently asked questions document surrounding the Coronavirus. Members are encouraged to review the Australian Governments fact sheets and other recommendations for healthcare workers as per the links on this page. Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses which may cause illness in humans. Coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe pneumonia and respiratory compromise. The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19 (WHO 2020)

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus (WHO 2020).

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness (WHO 2020) .

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority (WHO 2020)

If you have travelled overseas and returned to Tasmania from 16 March 2020, it is Government mandated that you self-isolate for 14 days and not attend work. Please contact your workplace to discuss leave requirements and entitlements during this time.

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