Please note if you have any symptoms to first call the practice on 8319 8777 for a telephone assessment.  Due to a shortage of protective masks and equipment and to protect vulnerable patients, if you are to attend in person please WEAR A MASK ON ATTENDING the practice, as well as book ahead for a PM appointment.

For further assistance please call the Coronavirus Helpline 1800 020 080 or attend your nearest Emergency Department if there is more severe symptoms.

What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases.

COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new coronavirus. It was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China and is now a global pandemic.

Patients concerned regarding COVID-19 infection please click here.

Testing sites here.   Home isolation advice here.  Chinese versions here and here.  Those at increased risk of respiratory illnesses please read this.

Symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly.

People with coronavirus may experience:

  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
  • shortness of breath

Who is most at risk?

In Australia, the people most at risk of getting the virus are:

  • travellers who have recently been overseas
  • those who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • people in detention facilities
  • people in group residential settings

People who are more at risk of serious illness if they get the virus are:

  • people with compromised immune systems (eg. cancer)
  • elderly people
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as they have higher rates of chronic illness
  • people with chronic medical conditions
  • people in group residential settings
  • very young children and babies*

*At this stage the risk to children and babies, and the role children play in the transmission of COVID-19, is not clear. However, there has so far been a low rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases among children, relative to the broader population. For more information check the NSW Health Website.