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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are the main symptoms of the coronavirus?

    How long does it take for the symptoms to appear?
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  • Dr Amandeep Hansra

    GP (General Practitioner)

    Symptoms can include fever, flu-like symptoms such as runny nose, coughing, sore throat and fatigue and /or 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. The shortest period recorded is 2 days from exposure to development of symptoms, although the average is about 5-6 days. For this reason, people who might have been in contact with a confirmed case are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

    If you develop fever or respiratory symptoms, please call your GP practice, or call Healthdirect on 1800 022 222. Always disclose where you have travelled or who you might have come into contact with, so the health care professional can give you advice. Until you have received advice avoid going to school, work or other public areas.

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