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Coronavirus - What should you do?

Friday, 7 February 2020 - 11:06am

Coronavirus can cause a range of symptoms, ranging from mild illness to pneumonia.  Affected people may experience:

  • Fever
  • Flu like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
  • Shortness of breath

If you become unwell and suspect you may have symptoms of coronavirus, you must seek medical attention. 

It is very important that you call ahead for an appointment and advise the receptionist that you are concerned you have coronavirus symptoms.  It is also important you mention any travel history or recent close contact so that the doctor is aware.

Call 000 if you need urgent medical help.


The coronavirus is most likely spread from person to person through:

  • Direct close contact with a person while they are infectious
  • Contact with droplets when a person with a confirmed infection coughs or sneezes
  • Touching objects of surfaces that has droplets from a cough or sneeze by an infected person, then touching your mouth or face


Practicing good hygiene can help protect against infections:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water
  • Using a tissue and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze


More information can be found at the Department Health website: