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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Understanding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and what you can do to prevent the spread

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals and humans. These illnesses can range from the common cold to more severe diseases. These viruses are transmitted between animals and people. The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19 and was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.

HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is diagnosed through a test which is ordered if you meet the criteria for being a suspected case. The test is done on swabs from the back of the nose or throat or fluid from the lungs. The tests look for evidence of virus particles.

In the first instance, to get medical advice, call your local general practitioner or ring Healthdirect on 1800 022 222. They will be able to discuss your symptoms and travel history with you, to help decide if you need testing and where to go to get this completed.

WHO IS MOST AT RISK OF GETTING THE CORONAVIRUS? 

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

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

Last updated: April 2020

What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?

Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath

In severe cases, someone may have symptoms of pneumonia or severe respiratory distress.

Following exposure, if someone is going to become unwell, most do so within 14 days.

If you develop fever or respiratory symptoms, please call your GP practice, or call Healthdirect on 1800 022 222. 

Last updated: 10/3/2020

Is there a cure for coronavirus?

There are currently no vaccines available to protect against the coronavirus (COVID-19). There is also no specific treatment for COVID-19. It is a virus and therefore antibiotics will not work. The treatment is generally supportive and most symptoms will resolve on their own, after a few days. Those with serious disease or complications will be treated in a hospital.

Last updated: 10/3/2020

How do you prevent the spread of the coronavirus?

The virus is spread through close contact with an infected person, contact with droplets from an infected person's sneeze or cough or touching surfaces or objects that have cough or sneeze droplets on them (from an infected person) and then touching your mouth or face.

Most COVID-19 cases appear to be spread from people who have symptoms. To avoid getting the virus, it is important to wash your hands regularly with soap and water, avoid touching your mouth and face, avoid close contact with those who are sick, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw your tissue away. If you have a confirmed diagnosis, it is important to isolate yourself to prevent spread.

Last updated: 10/3/2020

SCREENING CLINICS IN NEW SOUTH WALES 

  • Campsie Early Childhood Health Centre
    143 Beamish St, Campsie
    8.30 am - 5 pm Monday - Friday
    Phone: 1800 026 622
  • Canada Bay 'Drive-Through'
    Address: Car park
    Five Dock Leisure Centre
    Corner Queens Road and William Street
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm daily
    Will test anyone with flu-like symptoms. NO appointment required.
  • Canterbury Hospital
    575 Canterbury Rd, Campsie
    access via the after-hours GP entrance
    8.00 am - 10.00 pm daily
  • Concord Hospital
    across road from ED in Sports Institute Building
    8.00 am - 10.00 pm daily
  • Hurlstone Park 'Drive-Through'
    Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL club
    20-26 Canterbury rd, Hurlstone Park
    8.30 am - 4.00 pm daily
    1800 730 622 call if result is not back within 72 hours
    no appointment needed/no referral needed
  • Hurstville Community Health Centre
    34 Woniora Rd, Hurstville
    9.00 am - 4.00 pm Monday - Friday (closed on public holidays)
    No referral or appointment is required and disability access and parking is available on-site
    Phone 9113 2150
  • Prince of Wales Hospital 
    access via Building 14B Avoca St, Randwick 
    10.00 am - 8.00 pm daily
  • Redfern Health Centre
    103 – 105 Redfern St
    9.00 am – 4.00 pm Monday - Friday
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
    Missenden Rd, Camperdown - Access via Gloucester Drive and follow signs
    8.00 am - 10.00 pm daily
  • Rozelle 'Drive-Through'
    University of Tasmania (Rozelle Campus)
    Corner of Church and Glover streets
    Entry off Church St
    Rozelle
    8.30 am - 4.00pm Monday - Friday
    No referral needed/ No appointment needed
  • St George Hospital 
    Gray Street Kogarah  
    8.00 am - 6.00 pm daily
  • St Vincent’s Hospital (East Sydney Community and Arts Centre)
    34 Burton St, Darlinghurst (enter from Palmer St entrance)
    9.00 am - 4.00 pm daily
  • St Vincent’s Bondi Beach 'pop-up' clinic – Bondi Pavilion 9.00 am - 4.00 pm daily
  • St Vincent's Bondi Beach 'drive-through' car park clinic
    Park Drive North, Bondi Beach car park 
    9.00 am - 4.00 pm daily
  • Summer Hill 'drive-through' clinic
    7 Prospect Rd, Summer Hill
    Stop at covered area and wait for staff instructions
    8.30 am - 4.00 pm daily
  • Sutherland Hospital 
    Ground Floor, old Emergency Department, Kareena Road entrance, then follow signs from ED 
    8.00 am - 8.00 pm daily
  • Sydney CHILDREN’s Hospital, Hospital Rd, (Off High Street and around the corner from children's emergency) Randwick
    The COVID-19 Assessment Clinic will review Children with mild respiratory symptoms and assess the need for COVID-19 swab.
    The clinic is staffed by Paediatric trained medical and nursing staff.
    10.00 am - 8.00 pm, seven days per week - No appointment required
  • Sydney Eye Hospital
    8 Macquarie St, Sydney (Quadrangle 'Bicentennial Clinic')
    10.00 am - 6.00 pm Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours, you can attend the Emergency Department

More info: https://www.cesphn.org.au/coronavirus

Last updated: 6/5/2020

SCREENING CLINICS IN AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

No appointment required:

  • The Weston Creek Walk-in Centre: 24 Parkinson St, Weston. Open 7:30 am – 10:00 pm daily, including public holidays.
  • The Drive Through Respiratory Assessment Clinic at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC, Flemington Rd & Northbourne Ave, Mitchell). Open 9:30 am - 6:00 pm daily (last car accepted at 5pm), including public holidays. You must be driving or a passenger in a registered motor vehicle or motorbike to attend this clinic. It cannot be accessed from public transport or on foot.
  • Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health & Community Services: 63 Boolimba Crescent, Narrabundah. Open 9:30am - 4:30pm Monday to Friday. The Winnunga Nimmityjah Respiratory Clinic provides a culturally appropriate assessment and testing centre for First Nations people and existing clients of Winnunga. Before visiting, we suggest you call ahead on (02) 6284 6222 to let them know you think you may have COVID-19.

Appointment required:

  • YourGP@Crace (1/5 Baratta Street, Crace). Open 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Monday to Friday. Please call (02) 6109 0000 to book an appointment or book online at https://gprespiratoryclinic.com.au/.
  • Lakeview Medical Practice Tuggeranong (1/216 Cowlishaw Street, Greenway). Open 9:00 am - 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Monday to Friday. Please call (02) 6185 1986 to book an appointment.

More info: https://health.act.gov.au/about-our-health-system/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/getting-tested

Last updated: 4/5/2020

SCREENING CLINICS IN QUEENSLAND

There are two clinics operating from 9am until 9pm every day at:

More info: https://www.goldcoast.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-fever-clinic-getting-tested

Last updated: 24/4/2020

SCREENING CLINICS IN VICTORIA

Testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) is available at many places across Victoria.

To find a testing site near you, call the 24-hour coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398 or use the map available via this link: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19

SCREENING CLINICS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

If you meet the criteria for testing for COVID-19, you do not need a referral to visit a dedicated COVID-19 clinic.

You do require a ‘specimen collection request form’ from your GP to access drive-through and home testing services.

A list of available clinics and testing centres are available via this link: https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/

Last updated: 3/5/2020

SCREENING CLINICS IN NORTHERN TERRITORY

A list of available testing centres are available via this link: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/stay-safe/testing

SCREENING CLINICS IN TASMANIA

6 respiratory clinics are located in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and West Park (Burnie).

If there is no testing clinic in your local area, you can travel outside your municipality to have a test.

These clinics are NOT open for walk-up testing. You must contact your GP or the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for a referral.

More info: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/keeping-yourself-safe/testing-for-covid19

Last updated: 4/5/2020

SCREENING CLINICS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Perth metropolitan

10.00 am to 6.00 pm daily

  • Armadale Health Service – Ground Floor, 3056 Albany Highway Mount Nasura
  • Fiona Stanley Hospital – Bedbrook Row, north-eastern end of hospital, Murdoch
  • Joondalup Hospital – Car Park P4, Regents Park Road
  • Rockingham General Hospital – Elanora Drive Cooloongup
  • Royal Perth Hospital – Ground Floor, Ainslie House, 48 Murray Street, Perth
  • St John of God Midland Hospital – Yelverton Drive Midland
  • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital – C Block, Hospital Avenue, Nedlands

Regional

10.00 am to 4.00 pm daily

  • Bunbury Health Campus – 30m left of the main entrance, Bussell Highway (cnr Robertson Drive), Bunbury

8.30 am to 4.00 pm daily

  • Broome Hospital – Robinson Street, Broome

Patients in regional areas should go to a public hospital, health service or remote health clinic.

More info: https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/COVID-clinics

Last updated: 5/5/2020

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