Health authorities have identified cases of novel coronavirus in Australia in January 2020.
The novel coronavirus originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The majority of cases are there however health authorities have also identified novel coronavirus cases in several other countries including Australia.
Currently in Australia, people most at risk of contracting the virus are people who have:
Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. Affected people may experience:
If you become unwell and suspect you may have symptoms of coronavirus, you must seek medical attention. Please ring ahead of time to book your appointment. This will help make your doctor aware of your symptoms and your travel history or recent contact. Call 000 if you need urgent medical help.
Like most viruses, the best protection is to maintain good hand hygiene and safe food practices.
For more information
The National Coronavirus Health Information Line is now live on 1800 020 080, providing public health and situation information. The line will refer requests for medical advice to registered nurses on healthdirect – 1800 022 222.
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