Here is the latest advice from Queensland Health on COVID-19
Status as at 21 March 2020
Queensland has had 221 confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus.
Changes to health advice
There are new self-quarantine requirements for all overseas travellers.
Australians should cancel or postpone all unnecessary travel until further notice.
There is new advice for public gatherings and visits to vulnerable groups.
For more information, visit the Australian Government website.
Queensland's Chief Health Officer has provided new public health directives in regard to Trading hours, Mass gatherings and Non-essential indoor gatherings.
Advice for passengers on flights with a confirmed case of COVID-19
All travellers returning or arriving from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days.
This applies to everyone, even if you have no symptoms.
If you develop symptoms
If you develop symptoms, you must call your GP or 13HEALTH on 13 43 25 84.
For severe symptoms, such as shortness of breath at rest or difficulty breathing, dial 000.
For more information refer to https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19
Symptoms and testing
If you have been overseas in the last 14 days and are feeling unwell, see a doctor immediately.
Before your appointment, call ahead and advise of your symptoms and recent travel so they can prepare for your visit.
Common symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus include:
- a cough
- sore throat
- shortness of breath.
See a doctor immediately if you have these symptoms and if you have travelled overseas in the past 14 days or have had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 coronavirus.
Before your appointment, call ahead and advise of your symptoms and recent travel so necessary precautions can be taken.
For information on COVID-19 coronavirus, contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visit www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus
Testing and fever clinics
Worried? Take the COVID-19 quiz at https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/novel-coronavirus-quiz
Currently, testing for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is only available for people who are feeling unwell AND have travelled to overseas in the past 14 days OR have had contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
For specific criteria on who can get tested, visit the Australian Government website.
If you haven't been overseas or been in contact with a confirmed case, you will not be tested for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) because it is more likely you have another virus such as a cold or influenza.
If you meet the criteria for testing, you should contact a doctor immediately.
Before your appointment, please call ahead and advise of your symptoms and recent travel they can prepare for your visit.
Testing for novel coronavirus involves collecting nasal or throat swabs, and sputum (mucus coughed up) and blood samples.
These samples are then transferred to the nearest laboratory that is set up to test for novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
After you have had samples taken, you will usually be sent home to self-quarantine while you wait for the results.
This can take several days.
If you are very unwell you may be admitted to hospital for treatment.
If you become sicker while you are waiting for results, please contact your doctor or call an ambulance.
Make sure you let them know you are waiting for test results for novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
If the result is positive, you will receive a call from a public health unit which will advise you what to do next.
In many cases, you will need to stay at home in self-quarantine until you recover.
If your condition becomes worse, you may be admitted to hospital in a quarantined area.
If the result is negative, you will be notified by the doctor who requested the testing.
Fever clinics are specialist clinics for people who may be infected with novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
These clinics help to keep people who may be contagious away from other areas of hospitals and health centres.
This helps to reduce the potential spread of the virus and keeps the emergency department available for emergencies.
Fever clinics are managed by Hospital and Health Services.
All this advice comes from the Queensland Health website.
For all up to date information including contact tracing requirements go to https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/current-status-and-contact-tracing-alerts
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