13 Jul, 2020 Last updated: 16 Dec, 2021

Distressed by the number of confirmed Victorian coronavirus cases? This is what you can do.

Author: VicHealth works with health promotion experts to create a Victoria where everyone can enjoy better health and wellbeing.  


Any coronavirus information mentioned is accurate at the time this article was first published (16 December 2021) For the most up-to-date information about coronavirus restrictions, please visit the source: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au



It’s important to keep up-to-date with the latest coronavirus restrictions measures, but it’s a good idea to limit the time you spend on news websites and social media to stop yourself feeling overwhelmed. Instead, focus on what you can control.


Here are five things you can do to help yourself and others.



What you can do right now to help yourself and others


1. Wear a mask. Masks reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and are still mandatory in several high-risk settings including, indoor retail, health, care and justice facilities, at primary schools and on public transport/ taxis/ rideshare. For more information about the Department of Health’s latest update on mandatory masks visit their website here. We've put together some tips on where to find a mask and how to use it.

2. Keep your distance. Help reduce your risk by keeping a 1.5 metre distance from others where possible, using hand sanitiser and practising good hygiene.

3. Get your facts straight about coronavirus from trusted sources like the Department of Health and Human Services. There is a lot of misinformation about coronavirus on the internet, so bookmark the Department’s website as your main source of information for all things coronavirus. You can also follow them on Facebook or Twitter for regular updates.

4. Prioritise self-care by supporting your mental health and wellbeing at this challenging time. For parents, see our list of Ten go-to mental health organisations for young people. It’s ok to feel sad and anxious about the current situation but if it’s impacting your day-to-day life, talk to someone – whether that’s a friend, your GP or a mental health support service like Beyond Blue.

5. Try to exercise a little bit each day. Learn how getting active can help you feel good and support you to stay physically and mentally healthy in our blog post How exercise can help during coronavirus.

6. Eat more delicious healthy food, including a variety of fresh colourful veggies and wholegrain cereal and bread. A healthy diet supports your immune system, and keeps you regular and feeling good. Check out some healthy eating tips from VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio, plus tips for eating healthy food on a budget.


So, while you might find it stressful to see the numbers of coronavirus cases in Victoria reported each day, you can support yourself and others by:

  • Getting your facts straight
  • Keep your distance
  • Supporting your mental health and wellbeing
  • Exercising a little bit each day
  • Eating delicious healthy food


Have a coronavirus question?

For all coronavirus questions visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) hotline on 1800 020 080.

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