This fact sheet is for use by people at higher risk of respiratory illness, their families and carers. Your GP will be able to advise you whether you are considered to be at higher risk. People at higher risk may be older people, people with a disability or people who have significant health conditions, including immunocompromise.
This information provides advice on additional measures that can be taken to manage COVID-19, influenza (flu) or other respiratory viruses safely in the home.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 you must follow the advice in
Testing positive to COVID-19 and managing COVID-19 safely at home and consider the advice in
COVID-19: Information for people at higher risk of severe illness.
If you are a household or close contact you must follow the advice in the
NSW Health household and close contact guidelines.
They should avoid common areas where possible, wear a mask if using a shared area and wipe down all surfaces with disinfectant after use.
It is important not to share household items including dishes, cups, towels and bedding. Wash these items thoroughly with soap and water after use.
Additional precautions should be taken where possible:
Household contacts of COVID-19 positive people must:
Household members of people with other respiratory illnesses should also consider following these instructions to help minimise the risk of spreading illnesses to other vulnerable people.
If you are employed as a support worker, you should continue to provide essential care but should take additional precautions.
Employers have responsibility under the NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to ensure a safe working environment, including managing COVID-19 risks.
If you need additional support, contact your GP, NDIS or Aged Care provider or Aged Care Connect.
If you live in a Disability Care Facility, additional guidance is provided for facilities in
Guidance for Disability Care Facilities on the public health management of Acute Respiratory Infections (including COVID-19 and Influenza).
If you live in a Residential Aged Care Facility additional guidance is provided for the facility in
Guidance for Residential Aged Care Facilities on the public health management of Acute Respiratory Infections (including COVID-19 and Influenza)