NSLHD News COVID-19 special March 24

NSLHD SOCIAl media during covid-19 situation NSLHD continues to share advice, updates and key information regarding the evolving COVID-19 situation across its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about the COVID-19 outbreak can cause anyone to feel worried. Social media allows the district to reach staff and communities local to our hospitals and provide them with practical steps to prepare plans, look after their health and wellbeing, and hopefully provide some reassurance. It is important that people receive accurate information from NSW Health and it is encouraging to see that many of our hospital communities are already engaging with our social media accounts, with Royal North Shore Hospital now having 10,000 followers. Altogether our five Facebook pages have almost 25,000 followers, which have posted over 50 updates since early- March reaching 761,500 people.

RNSH staff thank the 10,000 Facebook followers who are keeping up-to-date with accurate COVID-19 information

Thank you to the community for engaging and sharing the information we are providing from expert trusted sources. We also thank you for the support and encouragement you are providing our staff who follow our pages. Stay up-to-date with NSLHD on Facebook • facebook.com/ nthsydhealth/

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NSLHD on Twitter • twitter.com/NthSydHealth

how the community can help stop the spread of covid-19 Social Distancing

home delivery and take-away options • Stop shaking hands, hugging or kissing • Ensure testing for those who need it • Stay home if you are sick

Social distancing means we reduce the number of close physical and social contacts we have with one another. The spread of a pandemic through the community can be slowed when social distancing actions are combined with good personal hygiene measures. This helps protect the most vulnerable members of the community and reduces the impact of the pandemic on essential, life-saving health services. Simple steps for social distancing to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19: • Attempt to keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and others where possible • Avoid crowds and small gatherings in enclosed places if possible • Avoid visiting vulnerable people, such as those in aged care facilities, infants or people with compromised immune systems • Visit shops sparingly, buy food online, consider

Current NSW Health advice is to only get tested for COVID-19 if you have a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath and either been overseas in the past 14 days or been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Only people who meet this criteria will be tested and considering this advice people can save themselves an unnecessary trip to a testing centre. Access up-to-date information Visit NSW Health for the latest updates: www. health.nsw.gov.au. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, call your GP or Healthdirect on 1800 022 222. If you have any further questions, you can call the National Coronavirus Health Information line on 1800 020 080.



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