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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Eternal Doctors is a boutique general practice providing high quality, cost effective medical services.

Coronavirus update

As you are probably aware, there has been quite a lot of contradictory information coming out about Coronavirus – namely who should be tested and what you should do if you believe you have the symptoms that are consistent with Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Guidelines as to who should be tested come from the Chief Medical Officer and the Health Department. As of today, testing is recommended for the following at risk groups:

  • People who have recently returned from overseas AND who have respiratory symptoms (including sore throat, cough, runny nose, fever)
  • People who have returned from particularly high risk areas (Iran, China, Italy) with or without symptoms
  • People who have had close contact with someone confirmed to have Coronavirus (these people are being traced and contacted by the Public Health Unit).

These patients are asked to self-isolate at home. The time period is dependant on test result and overseas location visited.

Currently, you DO NOT meet the criteria for testing if you have not travelled internationally, or have not had any contact with someone confirmed to have Coronavirus.

This information may change and more information can be found at this link:

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

So what should you do?

The most important thing you can do is implement simple hygiene measures to limit the spread.

Stay home if you have any respiratory symptoms (even a runny nose) until you are better. If you are very sick, seek medical attention but call ahead first.

Wash your hands frequently with alcohol-based hand sanitiser or soap and warm water

If you need to cough or sneeze, do it into your elbow or onto a tissue (and throw the tissue away right away)

Stay at least 1 metre away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

If you have travelled anywhere within the last 30 days and have any mild respiratory tract symptoms (including sore throat, cough, runny nose, fever) then please call before coming to see us or going to a hospital.

There is a 24-hour dedicated hotline you can call if you need any advice 1800 020 080.

Over the next few days, we will be implementing a temporary phone consultation for any of our existing patients who feel that they may have symptoms of Coronavirus, or who are at risk. This will be able to be booked through our website and app.

Some facts about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

There has been a lot of hype and fear within the community, some of which is very unhelpful. The great majority of people who contract Coronavirus have mild disease, not requiring any specific medical treatment. This is likely contributing to the great number of cases worldwide,with many people with infection continuing to work and interact with the community as their symptoms are so mild.

There is very little evidence that Coronavirus significantly affects children. They, thankfully, seem to be spared of complications and tend to get very mild symptoms only (if any).

The biggest concern is the small number of people developing severe lung complications, sometimes leading to death. This complication rate is estimated to be probably about 1% or less in a country like ours with a sophisticated health system. The vast majority of the serious cases have been in the elderly and other vulnerable groups.

It is in order to protect the more vulnerable in our community that we all implement measures to limit the spread.

 

 

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