Health activity guide

The activity guide below has been derived by categorising air quality into colour indicators, based on threshold values for air pollutants’ concentrations and visibility data. Go with the colours and follow the recommended actions to protect your health.

Air quality category

General health advice and recommended actions

Sensitive groups including:

  • people with a heart or lung condition, including asthma
  • people over the age of 65
  • infants and children
  • pregnant women

Everyone else

Good

  • NO CHANGE needed to your normal outdoor activities.
  • NO CHANGE needed to your normal outdoor activities.

Fair

  • REDUCE outdoor physical activity if you develop symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath.
  • Consider closing windows and doors until outdoor air quality is better.
  • Follow the treatment plan recommended by your doctor.
  • If you are concerned about symptoms call the 24-hour HealthDirect helpline on 1800 022 222 or see your doctor.
  • In a health emergency, call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.
  • NO CHANGE needed to your normal outdoor activities.

Poor

  • AVOID outdoor physical activity if you develop symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath.
  • When indoors, close windows and doors until outdoor air quality is better.
  • Follow the treatment plan recommended by your doctor.
  • If you are concerned about symptoms call the 24-hour HealthDirect helpline on 1800 022 222 or see your doctor.
  • In a health emergency, call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.
  • REDUCE outdoor physical activity if you develop symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath.

Very poor

  • STAY INDOORS as much as possible with windows and doors closed until outdoor air quality is better.
  • If you feel that the air in your home is uncomfortable, consider going to a place with cleaner air (such as an air-conditioned building like a library or shopping centre) if it is safe to do so.
  • Actively monitor symptoms and follow the treatment plan recommended by your doctor.
  • If you are concerned about symptoms call the 24-hour HealthDirect helpline on 1800 022 222 or see your doctor.
  • In a health emergency, call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.
  • AVOID outdoor physical activity if you develop symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath.
  • When indoors, close windows and doors until outdoor air quality is better.
  • If you are concerned about symptoms call the 24-hour HealthDirect helpline on 1800 022 222 or see your doctor.
  • In a health emergency, call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.

Extremely poor

  • STAY INDOORS with windows and doors closed until outdoor air quality is better and reduce indoor activity.
  • If you feel that the air in your home is uncomfortable, consider going to a place with cleaner air (such as an air-conditioned building like a library or shopping centre) if it is safe to do so.
  • Actively monitor symptoms and follow the treatment plan recommended by   your doctor.
  • If you are concerned about symptoms call the 24-hour HealthDirect helpline on 1800 022 222 or see your doctor.
  • In a health emergency, call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.
  • STAY INDOORS as much as possible with windows and doors closed until   outdoor air quality is better.
  • If you feel that the air in your home is uncomfortable, consider going to a place with cleaner air (such as an air-conditioned building like a library or shopping centre) if it is safe to do so.
  • If you are concerned about symptoms call the 24-hour HealthDirect helpline on 1800 022 222 or see your doctor.
  • In a health emergency, call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.

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