COVID-19

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COVID-19 is a coronavirus which causes a lower respiratory tract infection.  This means that most of the symptoms are felt in the chest and lungs.  Whilst 80 per cent of infections are mild, 20% can be moderate to severe, requiring hospitalization as there is a risk of death.  Upper respiratory symptoms seem to be mostly absent, although runny nose and sneezing have been reported in COVID19 cases.

Early symptoms include:
  • Fever
  • Dry Cough (the cough can later turn productive or blood may be expectorated)
  • Fatigue
The virus can lead to pneumonia, respiratory failure, septic shock, and death.  Such severe symptoms may manifest as :
  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
  • Ongoing chest pain or pressure
  • New confusion
  • Can’t wake up
  • Bluish lips or face
Other symptoms may include
  • Bone or joint pain
  • Sore-throat
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Swollen eyes
 
www.health.gov.au is a government website which is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, which offers daily updates with news, facts, figures, travel advice, key contact and phone numbers.
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