The COVID-19 novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus affecting humans.
Some coronaviruses can cause illness similar to the common cold and others can cause more serious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
This novel coronavirus is still new and as such we are still learning more about it.Signs and Symptoms:
Symptoms reported in identified cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus include:
- a cough
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
Anyone who has travelled overseas in the past 14 days, and feels unwell, should see a doctor immediately. Before your appointment, please call ahead and advise of your symptoms and recent travel so they can prepare for your visit.
People with suspected novel coronavirus will be tested.
Read about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms compared to cold or flu. Treatment:
There is no specific treatment for COVID-19 infection. Antibiotics are not effective against viral infections. However, most of the symptoms can be treated with medical care.
There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19 novel coronavirus.