14 Apr 2020

About COVID-19













The most up to date Health Resource for COVID-19 can be found at

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new coronavirus that can affect your lungs and airways and other body organs. 


Symptoms include:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature (at least 38°C)
  • shortness of breath
  • sore throat
  • sneezing and runny nose 
  • temporary loss of smell or taste

Having these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have COVID-19 but you will need to be tested and to self-isolate until you receive a negative result.

If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help.

You can call your regular GP for advice.

Teleconsult services are available with Medicare rebates.

Your GP will advise you where to get tested, or whether to come in to the practice.

Remember, don’t ignore your regular medical and preventive health care and do not delay seeing your doctor for other medical conditions.

Prevention of transmission is only possible if we all pay attention to public health measures:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Wear a mask on public transport, in lifts and supermarkets and in other places where physical distancing is not possible
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with flu-like symptoms
  • If you develop a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

You can call the National Coronavirus Helpline for information about COVID-19. The helpline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That number is 1800 020 080.

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