The NSW Nationals in Government are asking people to talk to their family and friends and start to put together a plan on how to manage any outbreak of Coronavirus. The community is also being urged not to hoard or panic buy.

Despite the fear and uncertainty – particularly on social media – they are urging calm and considered approaches to the outbreak of this virus.

It is vital that people be vigilant with their personal hygiene and maintain good social distancing, to minimise any risk of spread.

They also urge all people to not panic buy or hoard, there is no need for it as we have massive food supplies in this country.

The State and Federal Governments are taking expert advice on the situation as it unfolds, and our Nationals MPs will be working with local emergency services to help them with a co-ordinated response to the evolving Coronavirus situation.

The State Emergency Operations Centre will be operating 24/7, with the team accessing the advanced technology at their headquarters, including live information, intelligence sharing, digital mapping, as well as public information and media broadcasting resources so we can quickly get critical information to the public.

We have to remain calm and work together and follow some simple health practices and we can minimise the risk of the virus spreading.

Before you ask for testing, ask yourself:
• Have you been in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with Coronavirus? OR
• Have you been travelling internationally in the last 14 days? AND
• Are you experiencing a combination of fever and respiratory problems?

If you answer yes to the above, get in touch with your doctor or call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

You can also visit the NSW Health website here.