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The Novel Coronavirus Disease: COVID-2019

If you have symptoms of influenza and diarrhoea and have travelled to areas affected by Corona virus or have had contact with a Corona virus suspect, please phone and speak to one of the staff at our practice rather than coming into the practice in person, so that we can direct you to the most appropriate service.

 

THE ORIGIN

  • It is speculated that the novel coronavirus originated from a Seafood Wholesale Market – that also sold live wild animals – in Wuhan City, China.
  • The current strain is a zoonotic virus, meaning it can be transmitted from animals to humans.
  • The virus is also contagious between people.

 

THE INCUBATION PERIOD

Symptoms of COVID-2019 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

 

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms, to people being severely ill.

Symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath

These may progress to:

  • Severe respiratory illness which would manifest as severe shortness of breath
  • Multiple organ failure

People with underlying medical conditions, particularly chronic lung problems and diabetes may experience worse symptoms and even death. Children tend to be more resilient to severe disease.

 

PREVENTION

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick or show symptoms of the virus.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitiser (60-85% alcohol).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay at home when you are sick or if you had close contact with a confirmed case.
  • Practice cough etiquette, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, eg cell phones.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Surgical masks may be used as an infection control measure or a mitigation measure when worn by individuals with respiratory symptoms.
  • Facemasks are not guaranteed to protect users from airborne infection.
  • No travel restrictions with China have been recommended by the World Health Organisation, but we advise our members to avoid non-essential travel to China.

 

GENERAL PUBLIC HOTLINE

If you need to report a suspected case of the Coronavirus, call 031-2700400 Westridge Ampath Laboratory