26 September 2023

Health launches national ad campaign

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The Department of Health has launched a national advertising campaign offering advice on how the Australian public can help stop the spread of COVID-19 through basic hygiene practices.

In a video posted on the Department’s website, prevention tips included washing hands frequently with soap and water, and avoiding contact with other people when feeling unwell.

“To help stop the spread of viruses like the flu or coronavirus good hygiene is essential,” the video says.

“That starts with washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water whenever you cough, sneeze or blow your nose, prepare food or eat, care for someone sick, touch your face, or use the toilet.”

It reminds viewers to “cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue” to help “stop the spread and stay healthy”.

The video was launched Saturday (14 March) and was viewed more than 10,000 times in its first 48 hours.

The video is one of four new informational videos being promoted by the Department along with a print advertising campaign and radio commercials promoting safe hygiene practices during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Health, Greg Hunt took to social media earlier this week to declare that a letter being publicly circulated online regarding the closure of schools due to COVID-19 fears was a hoax.

“Please note there is a forged letter circulating on social media purporting to be from myself and the Victorian Minister Mikakos,” Mr Hunt wrote on Twitter.

“This letter is a fake and falsely asserts school closures,” he said.

“Schools remain open with the unanimous support of the States and Commonwealth.”

He said the incident had been reported to police.

The Department’s information videos and other advertisements can be viewed on its website at this PS News link.

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