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Coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS

 

Coronavirus

The Australian Physiotherapy Association is aware of concerns regarding the spread of Novel Coronavirus, which had its origins in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, and has spread to a number of other Chinese provinces as well as other countries.

The World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern requiring a global coordinated effort.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide our members with relevant up-to-date information as it becomes available to support both physiotherapists and their patients.

We urge members to be vigilant for signs of the virus, in particular in patients who have recently travelled from China and those in close contact with them. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, vomiting and difficulty breathing.

Steps to take immediately:

  • discuss a plan of action with your staff/colleagues
  • ensure that all clinical and non-clinical staff should have a good understanding of infection control principles
  • know the signs of the coronavirus and be vigilant
  • place information posters in your clinic or workplace
  • have a supply of masks available in your clinic
  • use preventative measures to limit the spread of virus.

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General information about Novel Coronavirus

Information about Novel Coronavirus, including its symptoms, can be found at the Department of Health website.

The World Health Organisation provides daily updates, information and guidance about the outbreak.

Face masks

You should wear face masks when consulting potential coronavirus cases, however face masks are not recommended for the general population.

People who have symptoms and might be infected with novel coronavirus are required to stay in isolation at home and should wear a surgical face mask when in the same room as another person and when seeking medical advice to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to anyone else.

Health care workers who are caring for patients with suspected novel coronavirus should use P2 masks to protect against the virus, but these must be fit tested and worn properly.

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