The Novel Coronavirus, now referred to as COVID-19, is an evolving international health concern. How easily the virus spreads from person-to-person continues to remain unknown. There is currently no vaccine available for this new virus.
The Australian Government Department of Health have advised there is no need for alarm in Australia at this stage. People most at risk of getting COVID-19 are those who have recently travelled in mainland China or those who have been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, flu like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue and/or shortness of breath.
It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to show after a person has been infected.
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of leaving or transiting through mainland China, or within 14 days of last contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, please call the dedicated Victorian Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. If you need urgent medical care call emergency 000 (triple zero).
Before attending a GP clinic or hospital Emergency Department call before you arrive and tell them your symptoms and travel history or that you may have been in contact with a potential case of COVID-19.
The Department of Health continues to advise that if you have travelled from, or transited through, mainland China on or after 1st February 2020, you must isolate yourself in your home (or other appropriate location) for 14 days after leaving mainland China. This means you should not attend public places, in particular work, school, childcare or university.
You do not need to isolate yourself if you left mainland China before 1st February 2020 or if you have only travelled in Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan.
Information for travellers arriving in Australia from mainland China is available here.
Information on home isolation is available here.
If you are considering travelling to any destination with detected cases of COVID-19 information is available via the Smart Traveller website.
For specific health information refer to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Fact Sheet.
For up-to-date information refer to the Department of Health website or the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria website.