In accordance with Australian Public Health advice, any individuals who begin experiencing respiratory symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) and have recently travelled to China or had contact with someone diagnosed with the novel coronavirus within the last 14 days please contact Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 who will arrange a phone risk assessment and advise on the next steps.
If further assessment and testing is recommended, this will generally be arranged at a hospital emergency department. In this situation, we would advise that patients call their local hospital before arrival so that the appropriate infection control measures can be put in place and people can be directed to the best place for testing and treatment. If possible, we advise travelling with a mask on.
This is a rapidly changing situation both abroad and domestically, and we are still learning. Let’s remember this virus is identified within the past month and there is much we don’t know yet.
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