What is Coronavirus COVID – 19:

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can make humans and animals sick. They cause illnesses that can range from the common cold to more severe diseases. This new Coronavirus originated in Hubei Province, China and the disease outbreak is named COVID-19. Coronavirus (COVID-19) was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.

What are the symptoms:

Symptoms can range from very mild illness to pneumonia symptoms. Some people will recover easily, others may get very sick very quickly and it can be fatal.

People with Coronavirus COVID-19 may experience:

Fever

Fatigue

Coughing

Headaches

Sore throat

Shortness of breath

How is it transmitted:

The virus spreads from person to person through:

  • close contact with an infectious person

  • contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze

  • touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face

 

How can we help prevent the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19?

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against most viruses.

You should:

  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet

  • cover your cough and sneeze with tissues and then dispose of tissues in the bin. Immediately wash your hands or use hand sanitiser.

  • If no tissues available, cough or sneeze into your elbow NOT YOUR HANDS and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser

  • and if unwell, avoid contact with others (touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact).

 

Where can I get help if I am experiencing Symptoms?

If you are a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 OR have travelled overseas in the past 14 days AND have respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath or cough, with or without a fever: In the metropolitan area or Bunbury, you can visit a COVID-19 Clinic for assessment. Visit https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/COVID-clinics for locations.

 

In a regional area, please call your GP or AMS and advise them of your symptoms and travel history. They will be able to advise you on where to go to be assessed.

 

You can call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency dial 000.

(Adapted from Australian Government Website 2020).

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