Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Initial human infections of the novel type of coronaviruses were acquired from exposure to animals at the live animal market in Wuhan, China, however on 20 January 2020 Chinese authorities confirmed the novel coronavirus is spreading person-to-person. How easily the virus spreads from person-to-person remains unknown.
Symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, kidney failure, and even death.
If you have symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or breathlessness AND have recently travelled overseas to China or been with someone who has, please call and speak to a clinican at Your Health Griffith. DO NOT ATTEND THE PRACTICE. Avoid contact with other people, do not go into crowded places, or take public transport. You should be referred over the phone to the hospital emergency department and the ED will be informed to prepare for the your arrival. The only testing should be in a public health setting.
Patients can also call Health Direct on 1800 022 222. Health Direct has a team of public health doctors for triage and assessment and referral to emergency. Public health will notify emergency departments in advance.
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