Australia is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China
You are advised that you must isolate yourself at home if:
- You have left Hubei Province less than 14 days ago (until 14 days have passed since you left Hubei)
- You have been identified as close contacts of proven cases of novel coronavirus until 14 days after last contact with confirmed case).
- You have left, or transited through mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 (until 14 days after leaving China).
SHOULD I WEAR A FACE MASK?
- Face masks are not recommended for the general population.
- People who have symptoms and might be infected with novel coronavirus are required to stay in isolation at home and should wear a surgical face mask when in the same room as another person and when seeking medical advice to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to anyone else.
- Health care workers who are caring for patients with suspected novel coronavirus should use P2 masks to protect against the virus, but these must be fit tested and worn properly.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I’M FEELING UNWELL?
If you’re feeling unwell and experiencing any of the above symptoms, seek medical attention immediately, and share your travel history with your healthcare provider.
HOW IS CORONAVIRUS TREATED?
Currently, there is no specific treatment for coronavirus. Early diagnosis and general supportive care are important. Most of the time, symptoms will resolve on their own. People who have serious disease with complications can be cared for in hospital.
HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF AND OTHERS FROM CORONAVIRUS?
Be sure to practice good hygiene and follow these tips to help prevent the spread
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the bin immediately and wash your hands.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has a cough or fever.
- Avoid travelling if you have a fever or cough.