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Here are some ways you can continue to protect yourself and your community even though restrictions have been rolled back. 

Despite the easing of restrictions, COVID-19 is infecting more Australians than at any other point in the COVID-19 pandemic and people are dying from COVID-19 in Australia each and every day.

Want to know the current numbers? Check COVID Live for the latest statitstics and data from all states and territories on positive COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations, deaths and vaccination doses. 

We know the people who are most at risk are people with disability and chornic health conidtions. So, what can you do to stay safe and keep others safe?

Keep washing your hands

Hand hygiene is an essential step in minimisng transmission. Wash your hands well, with soap and warm water for atleast 20 seconds. You can use hand sanitiser when you are unable to wash your hands, like when out and about. 

Most businesses and places you go will be providing hand sanitisation stations. Don't stop using them, just because restrictions have rolled back. 

Don't give up on social distancing

Over the last few years, we've learnt how to give each other space. Staying just 1.5 metres from others is critical to slow the spread of infection and to limit your chance of catching or spreading COVID-19 and other respitaory illneses like the Flu (Influenza A or B). 

It's a small thing we can do to look out for each other but it has a big impact on how well the virus can spread. 

Wear a mask when indoors or unable to socially distance

When you are unable to socially distance, or you are in crowded or poorly venitlated spaces indoors, you should definitely still wear a mask if you are able to. An N95 or P2 mask is your best protection against COVID-19.

Keep up to date with vaccinations

ATAGI now recommends fourth "winter" dose of COVID-19 vaccine for at-risk groups. If you fall in to this category, you should schedule your booster dose as soon as possible. If you are still yet to have your first booster, you should definitely schedule that too. 

Being vaccinated is the number one way we are able to reduce the hospitalisation and death rates for COVID-19. Although there are risks associated with the COVID-19 vaccine, as with any vaccine, the risk of complications from COVID-19 far outweights the risk of developing any complications from the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Find out more: COVID-19 vaccine safety and side effects

There's currently a huge push for Australians to get vaccinated against the Flu too, with free flu shots for nearly all Australians.

Go to Here's why you should get the Flu and Covid jabs for more information.


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