28 January 2020

Important message regarding Novel Coronavirus

What should I do if I have returned from Mainland China or have been in contact with a patient with coronavirus in the last 14 days and I become unwell?   If you develop a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of travel or have had contact with a person with confirmed coronavirus, you should immediately isolate yourself from other people. Contact  your emergency department or call the HealthDirect helpline 1800 022 222 and seek medical attention as soon as possible.   It is important to phone ahead so that  the emergency department can...

23 January 2020

Novel Coronavirus

Coronaviruses are very common viruses found worldwide in humans and animals. They cause respiratory disease, including common colds. Coronaviruses, however, are also responsible for MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). Current status As of 21 January 2020, more than 200 confirmed cases of a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been detected in the Wuhan region of China, and deaths. Other cases have been detected in Shenzen and Beijing (China), Japan, Thailand and South Korea. Most of these individuals have reported travel to Wuhan. Like other communicable diseases, people with symptoms should practice simple hygiene by covering...

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