CoronaVirus update as of 8th May

Posted on May 8, 2020 in News

What are the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The symptoms to watch out for are:

  • Fever
  • Chills or sweats
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell

Less commonly, headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea have also been reported.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please contact the clinic on 5255 1022 and we can organise a telehealth consultation to discuss testing.

  Why are Victorians being encouraged to get tested?

  • While the number of cases is low, there is still a chance that the virus is present but undetected in the community.
  • By increasing the testing for coronavirus (COVID-19), we can better track the spread of this virus.
  • The increase in testing will provide a clearer picture of how the virus has spread in Victoria and will inform any potential easing of restrictions once the State of Emergency is reviewed by 11 May 2020.

 Should I get tested?

If you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you should seek advice and get tested. The symptoms are described in the section below.

During the testing blitz, some groups of people can be tested even when they feel well and do not have symptoms (asymptomatic) of coronavirus (COVID-19). This is only available at some testing locations, as described in the section below.

The groups who can be tested even when they do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • workers who cannot easily work from home in construction, supermarket, healthcare, police, corrections and emergency services jobs
  • people with a chronic illness who may be at risk of more severe coronavirus (COVID-19) disease
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Further information can be found at https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19