COVID-19 / Coronavirus
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), common symptoms of coronavirus infection include:
- Shortness of breath
- Breathing difficulties
In severe cases, symptoms become more advanced:
- Severe acute respiratory syndrome
- Kidney failure pneumonia
To highlight the difficulty of accurately describing coronavirus symptoms, around 5% of cases report a sore throat and runny nose, while a small percentage also report diarrhoea and vomiting.
Influenza has been widely researched and most Australians are probably already familiar with its symptoms. However, according to WHO, they can include:
- Fever (often with abrupt onset)
- Sore throat
- Muscle pain
STILL NOT SURE?
Consider where you live and where you have been in the last 14 days.
If you live in an area with very limited cases of known coronavirus, and you find yourself with a sore throat or a runny nose and some muscle pain, you are more likely to have the flu than coronavirus.
The likelihood that you have Coronavirus rather than the Flu really depends on the following factors:
- If you have travelled to a ‘high-risk’ country. Check updates from the Australian Government Smart Traveller website: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/news-and-updates/coronavirus-covid-19
- You have been in close contact with someone who has travelled to these countries or has been diagnosed or suspected of having Coronavirus.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS OR THE FLU
- If you believe that you have coronavirus, book a doctor appointment BY PHONE, and make it clear when you’re booking your appointment that you are concerned you may have symptoms of coronavirus.
- Please do not book online.
- We’ll chat with you over the phone to book you in to see a GP and ensure that you’re ok.
- If possible, wear a mask when you leave the house but try to stay home and rest to avoid spreading it further.
- Please practice good hygiene! Wash hands, cough into your elbow, throw away dirty tissues.
- If you suspect that you have the flu, the same rules apply. Speak to a medical professional.
- When the Flu Vaccines do arrive, we will be holding Flu Vaccination Clinics which we will advertise on our Webpage, Facebook, SMS and with signage around the Practice.
dated @ 13.03.2020