As at 15 July 2020 the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in Tasmania is currently low regardless of age or health conditions. It is still important for us to manage our own health and risk and to be even more vigilant if the situation changes.
Everyone should take responsibility for protecting themselves through:
- physical distancing
- practising good hand hygiene
- practising cough and sneeze hygiene
- staying home and getting tested if you develop any cold or flu-like symptoms (even if mild)
- downloading the COVIDSafe App.
People at higher risk of developing severe illness with COVID-19 are encouraged to monitor public health advice, talk with their GP and take extra precautions to protect their health, especially when out and about. They should also take extra precautions to avoid contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, including children who might not fully understand physical distancing boundaries.
For more information on how to make safe decisions read the Australian Government Department of Health's Living Well in the COVID-19 Pandemic tool.
The risk of severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age and those who are 70 years and older have substantial risk. There are also some medical conditions that may increase risk:
- People on immune suppressive therapy following organ transplant
- People who have had a bone marrow transplant in the last 24 months or are on immune suppressive therapy for graft vs host disease
- People with blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myelodysplastic syndrome diagnosed within the last five years
- Those having chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are considered to be at higher risk in public health emergencies. Specific advice is available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and remote communities.
You may be at risk of moderate illness if you have other chronic conditions such as diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, cancer and kidney failure. For more information refer to the Australian Government Department of Health's Advice for people at risk of coronavirus.
The website also provides advice for specific groups who may be at higher risk:
- Advice for older people
- Advice for health and aged care workers
- Advice for people in aged care facilities
- Advice for people with chronic health conditions
- Advice for people with disability
People with concerns about their risk should visit their GP to help them make a risk assessment and where appropriate develop an individual COVID-19 action plan.