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Novel Coronavirus

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 8:04pm

Coronaviruses are a type of virus that can affect humans and animals. Some coronaviruses cause illnesses similar to the common cold and others cause more serious illnesses, including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new coronavirus affecting people who have recently been in the area of the Hubei Province, China. Most people infected have had a link with Wuhan, Hubei Province China. It’s likely that the coronavirus comes from an animal.

Whilst the infection does not appear to spread easily between people, there are cases of person-to-person transmission in the community and in health care settings. There have been cases reported in some other Chinese provinces and other countries, including Australia.

Symptoms may include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • nausea/vomiting
  • difficulty breathing (this is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention).

It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to show after a person has been infected.

If you (or a family member) are unwell and have travelled to China in the last 14 days, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with novel coronavirus, please call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to speak with a Clinical Nurse Consultant. They will ask you questions and provide advice about next steps. Testing for the virus is not available at Glebe Hill Family Practice. Currently testing should only be done in a public health setting.

Please do not attend Glebe Hill Family Practice, any General Practice, or any emergency department, unless advised to do so over the phone by the Public Health Hotline (1800 671 738).

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