Image: Burnet Institute Deputy Director Professor Margaret Hellard AM
With the easing of some COVID-19 restrictions across Australia, Burnet Institute Deputy Director, Professor Margaret Hellard AM, has warned against complacency.
“Victoria and Australia have done really well in response to COVID-19, we’ve not had the cases seen overseas, and people have generally done well with social distancing and the restrictions that have been imposed,” Professor Hellard told ABC Radio Central Victoria.
“But COVID19 has not gone away, it’s still around and it will come back if we don’t follow the new restrictions.”
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In Victoria from 1 June, libraries, galleries, museums, amusement parks, places of worship, beauty clinics and nail salons will be permitted to reopen with a 20-person limit.
Restaurants and cafes can offer dine-in services with up to 20 seated patrons, with venues required to request contact details, first name and phone number, of every customer to assist with rapid contact tracing.
“Apart from continuing to observe social distancing and making sure you wash your hands, the new requirement when dining out to provide your details to the restaurant or café is also very important,” Professor Hellard said.
“If there was to be COVID-19 transmitted between people, we need to be able to contact trace, to find the people involved as quickly as possible.
“Another thing to remember is, if you have a symptom, even a little dry cough, then get a test.
“We’ve done mathematical modelling at Burnet that says getting tested within the first day of your symptoms is far better than waiting a couple of days in terms of how we manage the epidemic.”
Find out more about Burnet’s work in collaboration with Australian scientists and institutes to support the Victorian and Federal Governments in their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.