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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

With the recent outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we are providing information regarding the transmission, symptoms and the disease itself.

Illness

Most people (about 80%) get a mild illness like a cold.

  • Those more at risk of a severe illness are the elderly, those with other diseases such as diabetes/heart lung /kidney and those whose immune system has been compromised.
  • Phone your GP if you are unwell. DO NOT go to your clinic without phoning first.
Symptoms
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue
  • Some also get headaches, nasal congestion or a runny nose

Currently the definition of a suspect case is

1. If you have the above symptoms (some or all)

PLUS

2a. You have travelled overseas within the previous 2 weeks OR
2b. You have had close contact* with a proven case of COVID-19

If you have no symptoms despite contact there is no point is testing as these will come back negative even though you may still be incubating the virus.

*Close contact is defined as 15 min face to face or 2 hours in the same room
Reducing transmission

It is important to reduce transmission to prevent too many seriously sick people at the same time. This would overwhelm the health system.

  • Cough into the crook of your arm.
  • Throw used tissues away.
  • Avoid kissing/handshakes/hugs – greet with an elbow.
  • Social distancing – try to keep about 1-1.5 meters from others.
  • Wash hands frequently preferably with soap and water for about the time it takes you to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.
  • Wash hands after blowing your nose/coughing/sneezing.
  • Wash hands after you use the toilet.
  • Wash hands before and after eating.
  • Wash hands before during and after preparing food.
  • Wash hands after touching or feeding your pet.
  • Wash hands after visiting public places eg. public transport/shopping centres/gyms.
  • Dry hands with a paper towel in public bathrooms.
  • Air drying is fine but allow hands to dry thoroughly.
  • At home wash hand towels frequently, sick people should have their own towels.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Reduce close physical contact with anyone who is unwell.
  • Avoid touching your face especially if you have not washed your hands recently.

If you are unwell please stay at home and self- isolate to help keep everybody safe.