*If you’re experiencing a fever, cough or runny nose and you’ve travelled overseas OR you’ve been in close contact with an overseas traveller who is sick OR you’ve had contact with someone who has confirmed coronavirus, please call us straight away.*
You’ve probably heard about the coronavirus by now. Known as COVID-19, it’s a new virus that may spread into our community.
To ensure you’re best prepared, it’s important you read the following information.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Symptoms of coronavirus are similar to symptoms of a cold or flu. This includes things like fever, cough, sore throat, and shortness of breath.
In severe cases, the virus can cause pneumonia (infection of the lungs).
How can you help prevent coronavirus?
The best way to protect you and your family is the same as you would against any respiratory infection.
Practise good hygiene by:
- making sure you clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser
- covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing and sneezing, and
- avoiding close contact with anyone with flu-like symptoms.
Make sure you stay at home if you’re sick.
Medical experts in Australia agree we must pause, think and act differently. You can follow the ‘PAWS’ acronym as outlined below.
You can also read our article on what you can do now about coronavirus.
Is there a cure or vaccine?
Currently there is no vaccine available to prevent coronavirus, and there’s no specific treatment to cure it. People with more serious complications can be treated in hospital.
What should you do if you think you have coronavirus?
If you’ve recently been overseas and you’re experiencing cold and flu symptoms, you should immediately phone us and explain your symptoms and travel history.
Please don’t come to the clinic without calling us first.
We’re here for you
Please don’t panic – we’re well prepared for virus outbreaks and here to help you.
If you have any questions or need to see us, please call 9304 0500.
For coronavirus updates, you can refer to the Victorian Government website or call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.
Last updated 12 March 2020