What is COVID-19
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. In late 2019 a new coronavirus infection started infecting humans in Wuhan, China. This infection has spread to many countries across the world causing millions of people to become sick and a significant number of deaths.
What are the symptoms
Fever, cough, loss of taste or smell, runny nose, sore throat, fatigue, nausea, diarrhoea and shortness of breath. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to show after a person has been infected. Other reported symptoms include vomiting, muscle and joint pain, loss of appetite.
What should I do if I have symptoms?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, have travelled overseas or from a u003ca href=u0022https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/hotspots-covid-19u0022u003egovernment declared hotspotu003c/au003e in the past 14 days, u003ca href=u0022https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracingu0022u003ebeen in contact with someone who has COVID-19u003c/au003e or work in a vulnerable setting (i.e. healthcare) , it’s important you see a doctor immediately. Please phone our u003ca href=u0022https://atsichsbrisbane.org.au/logan-respiratory-clinic/u0022u003eRespiratory Clinicu003c/au003e on 3029 6527 to speak with one of our staff members. u003cstrongu003eIf you have serious symptomsu003c/strongu003e, call triple zero (000) immediately and tell the call handler and the paramedics on arrival of possible COVID-19 infection.
How can I reduce my chances of getting COVID-19?
– Wash your hands frequently (using soap and water or hand sanitiser)u003cbru003e- Avoid touching your face especially mouth, nose and eyesu003cbru003e- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or tissueu003cbru003e- Dispose of tissues immediately and wash hands afteru003cbru003e- Generally keep 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others.
What does social distancing mean?
Keeping distance from others is important to protect the people in our community who are most at risk. u003cbru003eThis includes:u003cbru003e- Keeping 1.5 metres away from others as much as possibleu003cbru003e- Avoiding physical contact with othersu003cbru003e- Working from home if you canu003cbru003e- Staying home.u003cbru003eu003ca href=u0022https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/take-action/social-distancingu0022 target=u0022_blanku0022 rel=u0022noreferrer noopeneru0022u003eClick here for up-to-date guidelines from Queensland Healthu003c/au003e
What does home isolation mean?
If you have travelled overseas or interstate, been in close contact with someone with a confirmed case of coronavirus or been diagnosed with coronavirus you must home isolate for 14 days. u003cbru003eThis means:u003cbru003e- NO visits to the shops, work, school, shopping centres, movies or other public placesu003cbru003e- NO visitorsu003cbru003e- NO family gatheringsu003cbru003e- Only go out if you have a medical appointmentu003cbru003eu003ca href=u0022https://atsichsbrisbane.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Self-isolation_LR.pdfu0022u003eClick here to read our home isolation fact sheet for more information.u003c/au003e
How does the COVID-19 vaccine work?
u003ca href=u0022https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/protect-yourself-others/covid-19-vaccine?fbclid=IwAR2eKZl0cA5YpSbI8bwx5M04GwMhpFcjeyYSszA64imua7U7EM2CEqKJGtIu0022u003eTo learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine visit the Queensland Health websiteu003c/au003e