IF YOU HAVE TRAVELLED TO CHINA OR IRAN IN THE PAST 14 DAYS, OR BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH A CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19, AND ARE FEELING UNWELL -
"Self quarantine" means staying in your home, hotel room or accommodation, and not leaving for the period of time (14 days) you are required to isolate for. Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home. Do not allow visitors in the home.
People who are self-quarantined must call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for further advice and to register for support.
BACKGROUND: The coronaviruses are a common cause of illness, usually causing an illness similar to the common cold. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (now known as "COVID-19") is a new strain of coronavirus which has an increased risk of causing more serious illness, and in some cases, death.
SYMPTOMS: Symptoms commonly reported after COVID-19 infection include -
* sore throat;
* fatigue; and
* shortness of breath;
Anyone who has these symptoms, and who has travelled to China (including Hong Kong, even in transit) or Iran in the past fourteen days should see a doctor immediately.
TREATMENT: COVID-19 has no specific treatment (e.g. antibiotic or anti-viral medication). Patients are treated with "supportive care", i.e. -
* medication to reduce pain and fever (e.g. panadol, nurofen);
* inhaled medication to improve breathing (e.g. ventolin and other puffers);
* other medications to reduce inflammation and swelling (e.g. steroids); and
* rest and hydration.
PREVENTION: Coronavirus is transmitted from person-to-person, usually by coughing and sneezing. Transmission may also occur from contaminated surfaces, so that it is important to frequently wash your hands.
The best way to minimise the risk of transmission is to practice good hand and respiratory hygiene, i.e. -
* frequently cleaning hands with soap and water, or alcohol-based rubs;
* covering your nose and mouth with hand, tissue, or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing;
* avoiding contact with anyone who has symptoms such as fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath; and
* staying home if you are unwell.
Face masks: Based on current advice, only people who have returned from mainland China, and unwell, and have access to a face-mask should use it. For anyone else who does not have symptoms, a face-mask if not necessary.
Additional precautions: There is no need to cancel any events or gatherings or take additional precautions to normal practice. HOWEVER - PEOPLE WHO ARE UNWELL SHOULD NOT ATTEND PUBLIC EVENTS.
Further information: The information above, and further information, can be accessed via the Queensland Health Website -
or the Federal Department of Health Website -