WE DO NOT TEST FOR COVID-19

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If you feel unwell and suspect you have Covid-19, please call the hotline on 1800 675 398 or 1 800 020 080 National Coronavirus Helpline.  The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week   For urgent medical care call:

000 (triple zero).

Through this difficult time, our practice is working hard to ensure we are providing you the healthcare you require. Our clinic is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all our patients and staff.  Pre-screening questions will now be asked when you book or attend an appointment.  You will be informed of your options when you make an appointment.  Telehealth appointments are available to eligible patients.  You can book Telehealth appointments via Health Engine for our medical centre or Call Us @  (03) 8390-9500 .

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

What is COVID-19 ?

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

What are the symptoms of Covid-19?

The most common coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms reported are:

  • Fever
  • Breathing difficulties, breathlessness
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue or tiredness.

Many people who contract coronavirus (COVID–19) will suffer only mild symptoms. Elderly people and those with pre-existing medical conditions may experience more severe symptoms

How does COVID-19 spread?

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.

How can I protect myself?

You can follow the standard precautions advised by the Victorian Department of Health and the Australian Government Department of Health.  This is the best source of advice on how to keep yourself safe and is updated frequently.

Are antibiotics effective in preventing or treating the COVID-19?

No. Antibiotics do not work against viruses, they only work on bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, so antibiotics do not work. Antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment of COVID-19. They should only be used as directed by a physician to treat a bacterial infection.

More details at WHO http://Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)