Flying Doctor urges people not to become complacent in the fight against COVID-19

Date published

03 Nov 2020

Flying Doctor urges people not to become complacent in the fight against COVID-19

As 2020 draws to a close, the world’s healthcare professionals continue to work tirelessly to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. 

During this year’s International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) the Flying Doctor wants to take the time to recognise the efforts of our Infection Control Nurses and remind people to keep up their great work in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in rural areas. 

Kristy James is an Infection Control Nurse with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (South Eastern Section) and says it's vitally important we remain diligent with our hygiene practices, even with the decline in COVID-19 cases in NSW. 

"COVID-19 has reaffirmed that infection prevention is integral to keeping our rural communities safe. Now is not the time to let our guard down, so we are reminding Aussies in the bush to remember to keep up good hand hygiene, and make sure all your immunisations are up to date," Kristy says.

"I’d like to ask you to join us in encouraging everybody— your friends, colleagues and families—to continue to support infection prevention by washing your hands regularly, covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough and social distancing," Kristy says.

Kristy and her team would like to encourage you to continue to practice the basics of infection prevention.

Wear a facemask outside the home where it is difficult to socially distance. Masks should completely cover your nose and mouth. 

Maintain social distancing. Stay at least 1.5 metres from others when outside the home. 

Keep your hands clean. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitiser. 

Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue. Avoid touching your face and keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. 

Stay home if you feel sick. Call your medical provider immediately if you experience any symptoms of COVID-19 or have had close exposure to someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19. 

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a charitable organisation. We rely on the generosity of the community to continue our life-saving work.

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