Welcome to COVID safe @ UNSW! 

UNSW COVID-19   Health Services   Psychology and Wellness

COVID-19 sure has caused a lot of disruption to our lives. While all this feels like it's out of our hands, our actions, each and every day, can make a real difference in the spread of COVID:19. Check out the sections below to learn some new things about COVID-19 prevention measures. If you have a COVID-19 related question ask the friendly Health and Wellbeing ambassadors ( in the yellow Healthy You T shirts) on campus or via email: [email protected]


Mask up to protect yourself and others

When to wear masks?

We strongly recommend that you were a mask in places where it’s hard to maintain physical distancing from others such as:

  • On public transport
  • The local supermarket, shopping centres,gyms
  • Places of worship
  • In areas where there is community transmission
  • If you are in a higher risk group
  • if you are close to or visiting vulnerable people(elderly).

The most important thing to remember don’t touch the front of the mask!

Why should I use a face mask?

Masks provide a physical barrier against the virus. COVID-19 can only enter our bodies through our nose, mouth and eyes. Wearing a mask protects you and others.

Everything you need to know about face masks

Did you know that there is actually a right way to put your mask on and take it off?

Check out this video on how to take your mask on and off so you don't infect yourself

Types of masks

There are different types of mask and we recommend either cloth or basic surgical masks.

    • Surgical are disposable and should only be worn for one day
    • 3 layered cloth masks are more useful as they are reusable and can be washed. 
    • P2 can be used for those that are vulnerable or at risk.

Looking after your mask

Keep it in a bag between use and change it daily or wet or damaged.

Have a couple of masks so you can rotate them. Disposable masks should be worn for just one day. 

How face coverings and masks minimise spreading coronavirus. Kirby Institute, Australia

Morawska, L., & Cao, J. (2020). Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2: The world should face the reality. Environment international, 139, 105730. Website

Hand Hygiene

Think you know how to wash your hands? Think again...

Check out this fun video from the NHS in the UK on hand washing. It's pre COVID so the physical distancing isn't there but everything else is.

Handwashing Gangnam Style, NHS, 2012

COVID-19 can survive on surfaces for some time which is why hand washing is so important. It's turns out that COVID-19 isn't a big fan of soap and water and so keeping your hands clean is a really important part in protecting yourself against the virus.

If you are out and about and can't wash your hands hand sanitiser works just as well.

When to wash your hands ?

To avoid infecting yourself you need to wash with soap and water for 20 seconds or sanitise your hands:

  • Before you put on a mask, remove a mask and after you have disposed of or stored your mask
  • Before and after eating
  • When you come home
  • After using the toilet


Give me some space.....Physical distancing 

COVID-19 infections is often spread from person-to-person through:


  • direct close contact while a person is infectious or in the 48 hours before their symptoms appeared
  • close contact with a person who has a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes, or
  • touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

The more space between you and others, the harder it is for a virus to spread, which means fewer people will get the virus.

The NSW Government is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and whilst some restrictions have eased, people are advised to continue to physically distance from others when in public. It is also now recommended that you wear a fabric mask in circumstances where you cannot physically distance.

Want more info?

Find out more at NSW Health


Find out what is going on around you

UNSW COVID-19 information

Stay up to date with UNSW's COVID-19 website


For the latest cases and updates

Check out NSW Health COVID-19 heat map. For updates of cases and locations with outbreaks city wide read here.


Local media

The Sydney Morning Herald has a free Coronavirus outbreak section and blog.

ABC News also has a daily update where you can follow Coronavirus developments.  

ABC Coronacast has the latest news and research related to COVID-19. You can find it here or on your podcast app.

SBS has COVID-19 information and news in multiple languages


Still not sure what the big deal is ? 

The health impacts of COVID-19

The short term and long term health impacts of COVID-19 for all ages range from:

  • No symptoms or mild flu like symptoms
  • Permanent loss of taste and smell
  • Ongoing fatigue
  • Heart and lung damage 
  • Stroke and permanent damage to your brain
  • Death in all ages


The mental health impacts of COVID-19

It's a difficult time and COVID-19 can impact your mental health.  If this is the case, prioritise this and check out the help available at the university and external organisations


What can I do?

To minimise the impact of COVID-19 on you, your family and friends remember to:

  • Get tested and stay home even if mildly unwell
  • Wear a mask when physical distancing is difficult
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Practice physical distancing = 1.5 metres
  • Visit shopping centres quickly( don't hang around)  and use online services instead (if available)
  • Avoid large gatherings or crowded spaces at busy times. This includes bars and eating areas
  • Avoid handshaking, kissing and hugs
  • Use public transport at quiet times
  • If travelling in a taxi or Uber, ask to have the windows open
  • Stay connected and catch up with friends and family via texts, phone calls and virtual catch-ups
  • Ask for help if things are tough. UNSW Psychology and Wellness offers counselling support for students 

Follow the advice of the NSW government, NSW Health and UNSW


Need some help or feel unwell ?

If you feel unwell.........get tested

There are so many symptoms that have been attributed to COVID-19 that it is impossible to tell from symptoms alone whether you have COVID-19 or not.

Symptoms that are normally associated with colds and flu’s, hay fever, headaches and even diarrhoea could actually be COVID-19. The only way to know for sure is to get a test. COVID-19 testing is quick and easy and you usually get your results within 48 hours.

COVID-19 is infectious before symptoms so the quicker you get tested the better as that will reduce the spread of the virus to your loved ones, friends and the community.

Find out everything you need to know about testing here and your local testing clinic here or alternatively call the UNSW Health Service.  For more information on COVID-19 go to NSW Health here 


If things are tough......reach out and talk to someone

Check out the Psychology and Wellness COVID-19 support page and find out how to book an appointment here


Any COVID-19 questions ?

If you have any COVID-19 related questions chat or email Health and Wellbeing Ambassadors: [email protected]


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