Other high risk countries include:
Stand at least 1.5 metres away from the patient.
1. Place a single-use surgical mask on the patient (or ask the patient to do so).
2. Isolate the patient in a single room with the door closed.
3. Any person entering the room should wear droplet and contact precautions personal protective equipment (single-use surgical mask, eye protection, gown and gloves).
4. If the patient is of higher risk (ie: elderly), Call 000 and advise the call taker or call their GP as they will need to be tested.
Please note: if private transfer to hospital, General practice, or home is possible, and appropriate, then this is the preferred transfer method.
Cases meeting the suspected case definition for COVID-19 must be tested and notified to the department as soon as practicable by calling 1300 651 160, 24 hours a day. Testing of patients who have been notified to the department and meet the suspected case definition will be prioritised.
Quarantine and home isolation of 14 days will likely be advised to most patients. However people at higher risk including the elderly and those with diminished autoimmune response will likely require hospitalisation.
Conduct a medical assessment, and focus on:
(a) The date of onset of illness and especially whether there are symptoms or signs of pneumonia.
(a) Precise travel history, especially dates of travel in China or other countries of concern.
(b) History of contact with sick travellers or people, overseas health care facilities and outdoor markets.
Similarly to the common cold or influenza, there is evidence that the virus spreads from person-to-person.
The virus is most likely spread via:
Everyone should practise excellent hygiene to protect against infections. Good hygiene includes: