What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family or viruses that generally cause mild illness such as the common cold. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province in China where is has now caused a large and ongoing outbreak.
What is the current status?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Coronavirus a global health emergency, but it is yet to be classed as a pandemic. The outbreak has affected an estimated 87,000 people globally and has spread to at least another 30 countries. The death toll worldwide is 3,048 with most cases in China who have reported 2,803 of them.
How is the virus spread?
Coronavirus is spread via human contact. It can be spread through contaminated droplets by coughing and sneezing, or by contact with contaminated hands, surfaces or objects. Typically, it takes 5 to 6 days for symptoms to show, which is why it is important to stay in isolation for at least 14 days.
How many cases in Australia?
There has now been a total of 34 people infected with the virus in Australia. On March 1 an elderly Perth man became the first Australian to have died after contracting the virus.
What should I do if I show signs on symptoms?
If you have recently travelled from areas affected by Coronavirus you should stay indoors and void contact with other people as you would the flu. You should call ahead to your GP to advise them of your recent travel history and any symptoms, before visiting in person.
For more information visit Australian Government Department of Health website.