Do I have coronavirus?
The answer is changing frequently.
As of 16th March 2020, if you have traveled overseas in the last 14 days, or if you have been in contact with a person who has a confirmed coronavirus infection, you must self isolate for 14 days (from when you were last overseas, from the day you last had contact with the infected person). If you have a fever or any respiratory symptoms as well, please call your GP.
I haven’t been overseas or had contact with an infected person, what are the symptoms to be concerned about?
As of 16th March 2020, if you are in this group it is highly unlikely you have coronavirus infection. If you have a fever or respiratory symptoms, it is highly unlikely you have coronavirus but, please call your GP for advice and assessment. We can offer you a phone consultation.
Should I send my child to school/day care? *updated 26/3/20*
From 30/3/20 only children of essential service parents are accepted at schools in Queensland. Only send your child to school if they are well but please keep them home if they have any symptoms like sore throat, fever, cough runny nose, shortness of breath or other signs of infection generally. The risk of any sickness needs to be minimised.
Should I go to work?
If you are well, you can continue with your usual activities. If you have a fever or respiratory symptoms, please stay home until your symptoms are gone, then resume normal activity.
Am I going to get coronovirus?
This infection is thought to be caught by touching an infected surface or person, then touching your face. If you wash your hands very regularly and avoid touching your face, you significantly reduce your risk of infections. Try for 2 to 3 days to be conscious of these two habits. Hard and shiny surfaces including your phone should be sanitiSed regularly. Remember that your phone goes up to your face when used. Try and use the speaker function instead of putting the phone to your ear.
If someone with coronavirus coughs, sneezes or ‘spit-talks’ in your face, you can catch the virus in your mouth nose or eyes. Keeping a distance of more than 1.5 meters reduces your risk. People with any respiratory symptoms are currently asked to quarantine themselves until they are well or if they have coronavirus, as directed by the public health unit. Appropriate and correctly worn face masks also help reduce this risk in certain circumstances.
Is there something else I can do to prevent catching the virus?
Avoid close contact with others. No hugs, handshakes or kisses.
Am I going to run out of medicines?
Currently there are no reported medicine shortages due to this outbreak. Do not stock pile medications.
Do I need to wear a mask?
If you have respiratory symptoms, wearing a mask minimises transfer of infection to others. If you are well, you do not need to wear a mask. Currently, masks are in short supply and are needed by sick people and medical staff.
I have a lot of medical conditions, what should I do?
Small things make a big difference: Distance, wash, touch.
- Distance: Keep your distance from others
- Wash: Wash your hands regularly
- Touch: Avoid touching hard surfaces and your face.
Call your doctor if you’re concerned. We can offer you a phone consultation.