A 44 year old is currently in isolation at the Gold Coast University Hospital with the first case of novel coronavirus in Queensland.
Queensland Health released a statement yesterday revealing that the Chinese national is from the city of Wuhan (Hubei Province) and is in a stable condition.
‘The novel coronavirus (also called 2019-nCoV) is a new strain of coronavirus affecting humans,’ say Queensland Health in their press release.
‘Some coronaviruses can cause illness similar to the common cold and others can cause more serious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).’
If you have travelled to China in the last 14 days and have had contact with any confirmed cases of novel coronavirus you must self-isolate for 14 days following exposure. If you have returned from visiting Hubei Province of China you need to self-isolate for 14 days after leaving Hubei Province.
Self-isolation means staying at home and not accepting visitors.
Do not attend school
Anyone who has returned recently from China or Hong Kong should not attend school, childcare or TAFE for 14 days after leaving China or Hong Kong. This includes students, teachers and anyone who works or attends these facilities.
Anyone with fever, flu-like symptoms such as a cough, sore throat or headache or difficulty breathing who has travelled to or through China in the past 14 days should visit a GP immediately. Ensure you call ahead and advise of your symptoms and recent travel before your appointment so the clinic can take necessary precautions.
Protecting yourself and others from the novel coronavirus
To protect yourself and others from infection practice good hand and respiratory hygiene including:
- Cleaning hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs
- Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing
- Avoiding contact with anyone who has flu-like symptoms
- Avoiding unprotected contact with live wild or farm animals.
- For global up-to-date information on Coronavirus please visit the WHO.
- Up-to-date Australian information and resources (including fact sheets) on Novel Coronavirus can be found on the Australian Government Department of Health website.
- If you have travelled to China in the last 14 days and are unwell you can call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for health advice.