Coronavirus Health Alert Info

Due to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) it is becoming increasingly vital that we take some basic precautions to maintain hygiene levels and ensure that we as individuals do all that we can to help stop the spread of the virus.

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If you suspect you have coronavirus, please call ahead to make your appointment and explain in detail why you think you may have the virus.

UPDATED CORONAVIRUS CASES IN QLD

Please visit the Australian Government Department of Health here for updated information on the current status in Australia.

KEY MESSAGES FOR MEDICROSS PATIENTS WHO SUSPECT THEY HAVE THE CORONAVIRUS:

This Medicross Medical Health Alert is for people who meet the following criteria:

  • If you have travelled to, or through, the following countries: 

    • China
    • Cambodia
    • Hong Kong
    • Indonesia
    • Iran
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Singapore
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
  • If you have had close contact with a person who has travelled in these areas  14 days prior to presentation; or

  • If you have a fever; or

  • If you have an Acute Respiratory Infection (even if you don’t have a fever).

If you fulfil any of the above criteria, please note the following guidelines:

  • Stay Isolated. If possible, stay inside your home. Avoid contact with other people.
  • If possible, wear a mask if you need to leave your house or travel.
  • Call your local emergency department – do not attend a medical centre to avoid possibly spreading the virus.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 1m from all people at all times.

If you are unsure if you fit the above criteria, please note the following guidelines:

  • Call your Medicross Clinic ahead of time to book an appointment with the Doctor – PLEASE DO NOT BOOK ONLINE.
  • Tell your doctor about your symptoms, travel history and any recent close contact with someone who has coronavirus.
  • If you have to leave home to see your doctor, wear a surgical mask (if you have one) to protect others.

QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT CORONAVIRUS GUIDELINES

Below is a brief summary released by Queensland health – of the range of advice for those who suspect they may have coronavirus.

If you have recently returned from China or Iran:

  • You should self-quarantine for 14 days from the date you departed those countries.
  • If you develop a fever, a cough or become short of breath you should immediately call a GP or emergency department. Let them know that you have recently travelled, and where to.

If you have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of the coronavirus:

  • You should self-quarantine for 14 days from the date you last had contact with that person.
  • If you develop a fever, a cough or become short of breath you should immediately call a GP or emergency department. Let them know that you have recently travelled, and where to.

If you have recently returned from Italy or South Korea and were employed as a healthcare worker or in an aged care residence:

  • You should self-quarantine for 14 days from the date you departed those countries.

HOW DOES THE CORONAVIRUS SPREAD?

The most common way for coronavirus to spread is person to person transmission. A common way for the virus to leave the body is by sneezing and coughing – whereby the virus finds its way to new hosts. Droplets of body fluid, such as saliva, may contain the coronavirus when expressed from an infected carrier. The coronavirus can also spread through contact with contaminated surfaces. Keep in mind that not much is known about the new coronavirus – it is a very different virus to the flu. Please follow this link for more about the symptoms of Coronavirus.

KNOW HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE CORONAVIRUS

It is key to practice good personal hygiene in order to limit your risk to the coronavirus. Some other tips that can help you avoid an infection include:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with alcohol-based hand rubs, or soap and water, regularly throughout the day and after contact with other people or surfaces.
  • If you have a cough, or find yourself sneezing, always cover your mouth. This will help reduce the risk of you infecting those around you.
  • Encourage others to stay home when they are unwell. If you manage a team of employees, let them know that they should call in sick if they have symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who displays symptoms of the coronavirus, including coughing, respiratory irritation, fatigue, shortness of breath, or a fever.

Medicross would like to thank you for your co-operation with these procedures.

If you suspect you have coronavirus, please call ahead to make your appointment and explain in detail why you think you may have the virus.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO FROM QLD HEALTH.

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