ALA Covid-19 Update

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) is increasingly having an impact on the global community and is a rapidly evolving issue.

Government organisations, public health units and the World Health Organisation continue to provide accurate, timely and detailed information and updates relevant to the whole community.

Based on this information ALA will continue as planned with our events and programs and will act in accordance with the advice and guidance from the Australian Federal Government, Sport Australia, the Australian Institute of Sport and the World Health Organisation.

The ALA has and will continue to monitor available information daily and will provide weekly updates or as and when advice changes.

The ALA is currently directly liaising with Member Association, international teams, host venues and players and staff involved in our National Events and High Performance programs.

You can access the most up to date information through the following websites;

  • Department of Health

  • World Health Organisation

  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


We can also direct you to the Australian Institute of Sport who have frequently asked questions that recognise the unique context related to high performance sport in Australia.

Below is some further information which can be practically used by all.

Proactive actions members can take:

  • Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick. If you take medication ensure you have adequate supplies.
  • Phone your GP first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
  • Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep, and now is the time to quit smoking. Call the Quitline 137 848.
  • Don't wear a face mask if you are well.
  • Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.
  • Get the flu shot (available April).
  • Shaking hands is optional.
  • Do not share a drink bottle or towels at training



Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. People with coronavirus may experience:

  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
  • shortness of breath

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