Australia is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. The virus responsible for COVID-19 is referred to as “severe acute respiratory coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)”.

Cases of COVID-19 have been reported in many countries around the world including Australia.

Whilst some people have recovered from COVID-19 easily, others have become extremely sick very quickly. The virus can cause a range of symptoms ranging from mild illness such as the common cold to more severe diseases such as pneumonia. Affected people may experience:

  • Fever
  • Flu like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and headaches
  • Difficulty breathing.

With the outbreak of COVID-19 and the flu season upon us, it is particularly important to consider health and hygiene practices during this time.

Everyone should practice personal hygiene and other measures to protect against the potential spread of respiratory infection. These measures include:

  • Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly
  • Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose until you have washed your hands
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth or cough/sneeze into your elbow
  • Avoid close contact with anyone showing signs of flu like symptoms
  • Monitor your health and wellbeing closely
  • Seek medical attention from your doctor immediately should you begin to feel unwell or experience any signs or symptoms of acute respiratory illness.

It is strongly encouraged to be socially responsible and take steps to limit the spread of any kind of respiratory infection.

Over the last month, there has been significant work undertaken to ensure that we can continue operations if the COVID-19 outbreak escalates in South Australia.

Our priorities remain:

  • The safety of our people
  • Maintaining elecIT and communication systems
  • Undertaking business critical functions
  • Carrying out activities if directed by external authorities (eg. regulators, government).

Please continue to look after yourselves and your families.