Reports of the Novel Coronavirus have recently been in the media and schools in Victoria have been requested to send information to school families. This outbreak is predominately in the province of Wuhan, China, however there have now been nine reported cases in Australia, of which three are in Victoria as of today (January 31, 2020). All patients with the virus have been quarantined.
Although there is no cause for alarm with respect to this virus and risks remains relatively low, it is important to be vigilant if you or any person you know has travelled to China recently, particularly Wuhan. If you or they have not seen a doctor yet, we suggest you do this as soon as possible.
As with any illnesses, we can protect against infections by practicing good hand and respiratory hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a tissue and then dispose of the tissue in the bin, then wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. Wash your hands regularly after using the toilet or eating.
If you feel a person or child is showing signs of the Novel Coronavirus and has recently travelled to Wuhan in China then please contact the Department of Health and Human Services on 1300 651 160 to discuss further on the phone.