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What is novel coronavirus?

January 28 2020

What is novel coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that causes illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases and can make humans and animals sick.

The first detection of the coronavirus was in Wuhan, China. It is called a ‘novel’ virus because it is new and has not been detected before this outbreak. Health authorities have identified new coronavirus cases in China, South Korea, Thailand Japan, Taiwan, the United States, and Australia.

What are the symptoms?

Novel coronavirus can cause a range of symptoms such as:

  • flu like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and headaches
  • fever
  • shortness of breath.

How can you help prevent novel coronavirus?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent novel coronavirus however, there are other ways you can protect yourself and others from transmission and exposure to illnesses.

  • Wash your hands often by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • Cover your mouth while coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough
  • Avoid contact with wild or farm animals
  • Stay home if you are sick.

These are everyday habits that you should practise to help prevent the spread of illnesses.

What to do if you become unwell?

If you are experiencing or suspect any of the symptoms of novel coronavirus, you must seek medical attention,

Please call 9418 9800 to make an appointment with one of our GPs OR call the dedicated hotline directly on 1800 675 398.

 

For more information on novel coronavirus click here.

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