As community concern rises about the spread of the coronavirus, Member for Monash, Russell Broadbent, is reminding the community to remain calm and alert to the things they can do to lower the risk.

“I know that many people are concerned about the spread of coronavirus. It is a serious threat, there is though no need for panic buying.

“The run on basic household items is unnecessary and it only serves to spread fear and anxiety in our community”, Mr Broadbent said.

“We can all lessen the risk by practicing good hygiene including washing your hands thoroughly with hot soapy water for at least 20 second is the first step. Covering your mouth when you cough and your nose when you sneeze are simple things we can all do to lessen the risk to others,” Mr Broadbent said.

“The Government is monitoring the situation very closely and will keep the public advised of developments.

“If you become unwell and think that you may have symptoms of coronavirus, seek immediate medical attention. Call ahead to book an appointment and let the medical practice know that you think you may have symptoms consistent with coronavirus.

“Tell your doctor about your symptoms, travel history and any recent close contact with someone who has coronavirus.

“Even if you haven’t returned from overseas and you experience cold-like symptoms, try to isolate yourself. These simple actions lessen the risk to everyone,” said Mr Broadbent.

The government has established a hotline 1800 022 222. This hotline is free to call and is open 24/7.