What you need to know

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can make humans and animals sick. Some coronaviruses can cause illness similar to the common cold and others can cause more serious diseases, including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). 

Service Update

Lungs in Action

Lung Foundation Australia is working directly with our Lungs in Action Instructors to ensure safety measures are in place to protect the health and wellbeing of our community. In states and regions which have little or no community transmission of COVID-19, face to face classes may have recommenced with an approved COVID Safe Plan. All Lungs in Action instructors are required to abide by State and Territory health advice and restrictions, some venues may be closed or operating at reduced capacity to accommodate COVIDSafe guidelines. Please contact your Lungs in Action program to discuss availability and start dates. To find your nearest Lungs in Action group, please click here.

Lung Foundation Australia will communicate changes to the status of Lungs in Action classes via the Lung Foundation Australia website and social media channels. Please follow Lung Foundation Australia’s Facebook page to stay up to date.

Support Groups 

Lung Foundation Australia is working with our face-to-face support groups to ensure safety measures are in place to protect the health and wellbeing of our community. In states and regions which have little or no community transmission of COVID-19, face to face groups may be able to recommence, if an approved COVID Safe Plan is adopted. Lung Foundation Australia will communicate COVID-19 service updates on our Facebook page.

To find out more about our face-to-face, telephone and online peer support programs please click here.

What is coronavirus and COVID-19?

Key advice 

If you experience any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) no matter how mild, get tested. Symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of sense of smell or taste. Go home straight after your test and self-isolate while you wait for the results. You must not go to a workplace until you get your results. Hear more from Lung Foundation Australia Chair and leading respiratory physician, Professor Christine Jenkins AM.

Top tips for staying well during this time

Preventing the spread

Social distancing

Social distancing is one of the most important strategies for slowing the spread of COVID-19, as well as other viruses. These viruses typically spread via droplets so the more space between you and others, the harder it is for viruses to spread. When you go out, maintain 1.5 metres between yourself and others, practice good hand hygiene and avoid touching your face.

Home hygiene

It’s also important to consider additional preventative cleaning measures to keep nasty bugs out of your home. You may also like to hang our free poster on your front door or window, which kindly asks people to stay away if they are unwell or to take additional precautions should they be invited in.

Get vaccinated

The COVID-19 is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against the impact of the virus, including serious illness and death. Visit your state government’s website to find out where you can access the vaccine and if you’re eligible to book an appointment. Eligibility is continuing to open up to more age groups, so be sure to check back in if you don’t currently qualify.

Maintain Healthy Habits

Physical Health

It’s important to include exercise and a healthy diet into your daily routine for both for your physical health and emotional wellbeing. While you may not be able to participate in your normal exercise routine or classes because of restrictions, it’s important to stay active and maintain your exercise habits while at home. Remember, speak to your healthcare team before commencing any new exercise program or regime.

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Mental health

During this uncertain time, you may experience a range of emotions. It’s important to prioritise not only your physical, but emotional wellbeing during this time. We encourage you to use digital platforms to stay connected to your loved ones and try and maintain as much of a normal routine as you can. Check out our virtual peer support groups and one-on-one telephone support program, here. The Mind Matters hub offers information and resources to help you learn strategies to look after your mental wellbeing and navigate the range of emotions you may be feeling.

Vaccinate against flu and pneumonia

Now more than ever, it’s important to continue accessing your usual healthcare to manage your condition and symptoms. Telehealth and medicine delivery services may be available to you during this time. These services can help reduce your need to leave your house and reduce your exposure to viruses and bugs. If you experience any new or changed symptoms, don’t delay speaking to your healthcare team. Read more advice on how to best manage your condition during this time, here.

It is more important than ever to be vaccinated against influenza and, if indicated, pneumonia. While these vaccines won’t protect you from COVID-19, they will help to reduce the severity of flu and pneumonia which can cause complications with your current condition and lower your immune system, making you more susceptible to other illnesses. Make an appointment with your GP or pharmacist today.