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COVID-19 Update

Author: The Simple Bit

Category: Short Cuts

Things are changing fast at the moment, so we want to point ahm members, and our loyal readers to some useful resources.

  • Things are changing fast at the moment.
  • Here are some useful links to help you navigate things.

We like to have a bit of fun here at The Simple Bit, but now more than ever, it’s a place for people to get information about health and wellbeing (and occasionally to be distracted by cute pets). And as this site is backed by ahm, it’s part of the Medibank family. So for ahm members, and regular readers of The Simple Bit, we wanted to firstly acknowledge that this is a difficult time for all of us, and to point you towards some resources that might help you out.


Things are constantly changing, so head over to the ahm website for regularly updated vital information.

As part of the Medibank family, ahm members on hospital cover also have access to 24/7 Nurse and Mental Health support lines.

And to take one more thing off your plate, ahm has postponed this year’s premium increases for all ahm members from 1 April 2020, for six months.

Where to get regular updates

As this is a new virus, information regarding COVID-19 is constantly being updated. As such, the Australian Government is monitoring the situation closely, and posting regular updates and advice on the Department of Health website. They also provide clear advice on what to do if you are displaying any of the symptoms of coronavirus.

Keep up to date via the Department of Health’s Facebook page.

The World Health Organization has also published some myth busters to help dispel some common misconceptions about the coronavirus.


What precautions you can take

At times like these, the basic principles of good hygiene apply. The following steps can help reduce the risk of infection:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Use alcohol-based hand wash if you don’t have access to soap and water.
  • Where possible, reduce hand contact with outside surfaces.
  • Minimise hand contact with your face.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever or is coughing.

We’ll do our best to keep you updated as the situation continues to change. Please stay safe and get in touch to see if we can help in any way.


A bit of simple can go a long way right now. Click here for details about how ahm can help you. Let’s try make these difficult times a little simpler together.