COVID-19

2020 // PPIA QUEENSLAND

SYMPTOMS

A number of clinical symptoms have been reported in indentified cases of novel coronavirus. These sumptoms include:

  • Fever

  • A cough

  • Sore throat

  • Fatigue

  • Shortness of breath

Anyone with these symptoms who has travelled to or through mainland China or Iran in the past 14 days should see a doctor immediately. Before your appointment, please call ahead and advise of your symptoms and recent travel so necessary precautions can be undertaken. 

People with suspected novel coronavirus will be tested and may also need to have a chest x-ray.

There is no specific treatment for COVID-19 infection. Antibiotics are not effective against viral infections. However, most of the symptoms can be treated with supportive medical care. 

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

The Queensland Government has added COVID-19 novel coronavirus to the state's notifitable conditions list.

More info on the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment visit: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/what-you-need-to-know-about-coronavirus-covid-19

PROTECTING YOURSELF AND OTHERS

Novel coronavirus is transmitted from person to person, usually when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Transmission may occur from contaminated surfaces, so it is important to frequently wash your hands. 

To protect yourself and others from infection, practice good hand and respiratory hygiene including:

  • Cleaning hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs

  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing

  • Avoiding contact with anyone who has symptoms such as fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath

  • Staying home if you are unwell

Based on current advice, only people who have returned from mainland China, are unwell and have access to a face-mask should use it. For anyone who does not have symptoms, a face-mask is not necessary. 

SELF-QUARANTINE ADVICE

If you have been in close contact with someone who already has novel coronavirus

  • You need to self-quarantine for 14 days from the last date of contact with the confirmed case

  • If you begin to feel unwell and develop a fever or shortness of breath, a cough or a respiratory illness during your period of self-quarantine you should seek immediate medical attention. Call ahead to your GP or emergency department and mention you have been in contact with someone with novel coronavirus infection before you arrive

  • If you experience any other symptoms or illness, perhaps due to chronic disease, during your period of self-quarantine you should also seek immediate medical attention. Call ahead to your GP or emergency department and mention you have been in contact with someone with novel coronavirus infection before you arrive

SELF-QUARANTINE ADVICE

  • For global up-to-date information on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit the WHO website.

  • Up-to-date Australian information and resources (including fact sheets) on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the Australian Government Department of Health website.

  • If you have travelled to China in the last 14 days and are unwell, you can call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for health advice.