As there is no non-essential overseas travel at this time this article will simply remain as an information resource for Covid-19.
We hope to be able to inform our travellers once again after this crisis passes.
The links below remain trustworthy and up to date.
TRAVELLERS RETURNING AND CONCERNED THEY HAVE COVID-19
There are multiple avenues for assessment. Given the risk of spread to other, more vulnerable patients, it is advisable to minimise exposure within normal medical centres. If you have symptoms please isolate yourself at home and consider the following options:
COVID Hotline 1800 020 080 ( Government free call number for advice).
FEVER CLINICS at Fiona Stanley, Sir Charles Gairdner and Royal Perth Hospitals as well as other public hospitals.
(These are not suggested for everyone so go to the following site to see if you fit the current criteria to attend – https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/COVID-clinics
Telemedicine and Telephone Consultations for Travel Health Plus patients
Phone 08 93366630 for more information.
Considering an appointment in the Travel Health Plus Clinic? Let one of our nurses call you beforehand.
Contact your usual GP.
We know from the data that in most people COVID-19 is a mild illness with respiratory symptoms similar to those we see all the time (cough, sore throat, fever). However in some people the risks of pneumonia and other complications are much higher.
People over the age of 60 are at high risk, with those over 80 years of age at the highest risk.
The higher risk group also includes males and anyone with medical conditions that affect the heart, lungs or immune system (eg diabetes).
Good Hygiene measures are the key:
Regular hand washing with soap and water /alcohol hand gels
Social distancing (1.5m)
Avoid hand shaking or kissing
Masks are less important.
o Best if unwell to protect others
o Possibly in busy airports in higher risk regions
o Surgical vs N95/P2. Conflicting evidence as to how much more beneficial the latter are, but probably not easily sourced anyway.
The illness is passed on through droplet spread; close contact with people actively coughing or sneezing for a sustained period of time or touching surfaces with fingers and then putting fingers in your mouth.
There is no cure for COVID-19 so recovery involves treatment of the symptoms. For those with mild disease this includes paracetamol, fluids and rest.
There is no vaccine at this time. Having the 2020 influenza vaccine is strongly recommended for everyone in order to reduce the risk of dual infection, which is shown to increase the risk of a more severe illness with COVID-19. The 2020 influenza vaccine is expected to be available at the end of March / beginning of April.
Nose and throat swabs are the only way to test for COVID-19. Availability of testing will vary widely across the globe.