COVID 19 Information
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have developed advice for older Queenslanders aged 65 years and over and First Nations people aged over 50 years. This page outlines the steps you, your family and friends can take to protect yourself and prevent spread of COVID-19.
Why is COVID-19 so dangerous for older people?
The risk of serious illness from COVID-19 increases as you get older. Globally the highest rate of fatalities from COVID-19 is among older people, particularly those with other serious health conditions becoming very unwell or a weakened immune system.
Those most at risk of becoming very unwell if they are infected include:
Information for older Queenslanders
Can I leave my house?
Restrictions are now easing, which means you can leave your home for more than just essential reasons. Read the roadmap to easing Queensland’s restrictions to learn more about what you can and can’t do in each stage.
We strongly encourage seniors to protect themselves and leave their homes in a careful and considered way.
For example, visit children and grandchildren who are well in small groups and avoid shopping centres and other public places during peak periods when crowds are bigger.
If you are sick, or have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and call a GP who can test you for COVID-19.
What else can I do to protect myself?
Because you fall into a group that is more vulnerable to COVID-19, even if you are feeling well it is important to take steps to prevent the spread of this virus. Good hygiene and social distancing are the best actions for you to take in avoiding COVID-19.
To reduce your risk, it is important to follow these prevention measures.
It is important that you get the 2020 flu vaccination as soon as it is available from your GP or pharmacy.
What should I do if I get sick?
How can I get medical help or order prescriptions from home?
You can now safely visit pharmacies to collect your medication, or visit your GP if you require medical assistance.
If you need to stay at home, the Australian Government has provided funding, so you can see your doctor and get your medicines from home. This way you can stay at home and protect yourself and others.
For more information, visit the Australian Government’s website.
There are many Queenslanders who’d love to help you as well—to have a chat over the phone, help you with groceries and medications. Find out more about Queensland’s Care Army.
How can I get food?
Can I have visitors?
What about home care and essential services like nurses who visit me at home?
How can I stay connected with my friends and family?
Social distancing does not mean you cannot be social, keep the conversations going by:
How can I keep physically active?
Getting your body moving can improve how you feel physically and mentally. We suggest:
How can I look after my mental wellbeing?
I’m a grey nomad, what should I do?
The restrictions on travel within Queensland have been eased to unlimited travel and overnight stays for all of Queensland (including for school holidays). Read the roadmap to easing Queensland’s restrictions to learn more.
It is still important to take precautions to reduce the risk of getting sick from COVID-19, like making sure you follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines and avoiding situations where you may come into contact with a lot of people.
How can I access support?
Find the right service for your coronavirus (COVID-19) enquiry, including:
Information for friends and family
How can I help older Queenslanders?
I have caring responsibilities and look after someone else — can I visit them?
For more information about support for carers, visit the Carers Queensland website.
Can I visit friends and family in residential aged care?
Some people are not allowed to visit residential aged care facilities. Protecting aged care residents provides information on who can or can’t visit a residential aged care facility, and the rules you need to follow. If you have concerns with the facility’s actions, contact: