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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from Tindale Family Practice

Coronavirus strains, such as COVID-19, MERS and SARS cause respiratory disease.

The symptoms range from mild to life threatening and varies from person to person. The COVID-19 strain was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.

COVID-19 symptoms are similar to other colds and flu viruses. Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath. A more serious condition can develop in vulnerable people, for example – the elderly, immune compromised individuals, Indigenous populations and those with chronic medical conditions.

COVID-19 is easily transmitted through touching and close contact with a person who is infectious. We can all help, to slow the spread of this coronavirus in our community by:

  • Having good hygiene – regular and thorough washing of hands, cleaning frequently used objects and clothes, disinfecting surfaces and disposing of potential contagions, for example, used tissues,
  • Social distancing – avoiding direct contact with others and staying more than 1.5 metres away from people,
  • Self-isolation is recommended, if you are showing symptoms of the disease.

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Seeking medical help

If your symptoms become serious, such as difficulty breathing call 000 for urgent medical help.

If you develop flu-like symptoms, wear a mask (if you have one) and stay at least 1.5 metres away from other people. If you want to see a Doctor, call ahead to make an appointment. Each clinic or hospital will have precautions you will need to follow, it is important to adhere to these instructions in an effort to minimise the spread of the disease.

Currently in Australia, only people that have been in contact with others with COVID-19 or those that have recently travelled overseas and are showing symptoms of the disease, are eligible to get tested for COVID-19. This is due to the short supply of testing kits.

Test results take a few days to come back and during this time, you will be asked to self-isolate at home and stay away from others.

If you need to self-isolate:

  • Do not go to public places, for example, work, school and shopping centres,
  • Ask someone to get food and others supplies for you and leave them at the front door,
  • Do not let visitors into your home,
  • Stay in touch with family and friends by phone or online,
  • Call 000 if your symptoms become severe.

There is no vaccine for COVID-19 at this time. If you have concerns about your health or are eligible to be tested for Coronavirus, make an appointment to speak to your doctor at the Tindale Family Practice over the phone.

You can call the Coronavirus Health Information Line 1800 020 080. 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly, advice and information is updated on a daily basis, so make sure you keep up-to-date with the latest information on the pandemic.