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 make appropriate preparations and protect others.


When seeking medical care wear a surgical mask (if possible) otherwise ask for one when you arrive.




The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends measures to reduce the general risk of acute respiratory infections while travelling in or from affected areas by


• avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections;
• frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment;
• avoiding close contact with live or dead farm or wild animals;
• travellers with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice   cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with  disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).