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Coronavirus Risk Advice

1. Coronavirus Risk Advice for DPV Health Medical Centre Patients/Clients

DPV Health is committed to protecting everyone’s health and safety.

Please call DPV Health on 1300 234 263 (select Medical from the menu) and advise them if:

  • You have fever or acute respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and need to see a doctor
  • You have been instructed to self-isolate and need to see a doctor

2. For all other DPV Health Patients/Clients

Please do not attend a DPV Health site if:

  • You have been instructed to self-isolate
  • You are experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath

Please call DPV Health on  1300 234 263, (select Intake – Client Support Services from the menu) and we will be happy to reschedule your appointment.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Some programs and services have been suspended and changed due to the coronavirus and to protect our patients & clients. For the latest updates please visit: https://www.dpvhealth.org.au/coronavirus-covid-dpv-services/

Telehealth – Video & Phone Services

For information on DPV Health’s Telehealth services click here

 


Coronavirus Facts

What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?

COVID-19 is a new virus that can cause an infection in people, including a severe respiratory illness. The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

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

If you have any of the symptoms, however mild, you should seek advice and get tested. To get further advice, call the 24-hour coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398, your general practitioner or use our online self-assessment tool.

The symptoms to watch out for are:

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

In certain circumstances headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea may also be considered.

Who is most at risk of getting coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Anybody can get coronavirus (COVID-19) if they have contact with a person. We know that some people are at higher risk of getting coronavirus (COVID-19) because of where they have been, or where they live.

Overseas travellers and close contacts

Because coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread in other countries, overseas travellers are at a high risk of getting coronavirus. See the International travellers section on this site

Close contact

People who have had close contact with someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19) are at high risk of getting coronavirus (COVID-19). This also includes people who live in group settings with many other people and share common rooms (such as aged care homes or boarding houses).

If you are an overseas traveller or a close contact, you must self-quarantine for 14 days. You can reduce your risk of getting the virus by protecting yourself and other people.

Who is most at risk of being very sick from coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Anybody can become very sick with coronavirus (COVID-19), even though most people will have only mild symptoms. And anybody can pass on coronavirus (COVID-19) to others who can become very sick and even die.

We do know that some groups of people are more likely to become very sick with coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • People who are older or elderly. Because of their lower immune systems, older people are more likely to get very sick with coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • People who have pre-existing medical conditions. Underlying illness make people more likely to become very sick with coronavirus (COVID-19), including those with diabetes, chronic lung disease, kidney failure and people with low or suppressed immune systems.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are more likely to become very sick with coronavirus (COVID-19) because of higher rates of pre-existing medical conditions.

I am feeling unwell, what should I do?

If you have serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call 000 and ask for an ambulance and tell them if you also have a fever or a cough, sore throat or respiratory illness.

If you begin to feel unwell, and have a fever or a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or respiratory illness you should get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Who can be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19)?

If you have any of the symptoms, however mild, you should seek advice and get tested. To get further advice, call the 24-hour coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398, your general practitioner or use our online self-assessment tool.

The symptoms to watch out for are:

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

Where can I get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Click here to see where you can get tested.

How can I protect myself and others?

  • Stay at home. Don’t visit friends or family at this time.
  • Do not travel throughout Victoria unless absolutely necessary.
  • Stay healthy with good nutrition, regular exercise and sleeping well.
  • Avoid excessive use of alcohol and for smokers, now is a great time to consider quitting. See more information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and smoking below.
  • Take the following hygiene actions:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or using the toilet. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
    • Do not share drink bottles, crockery or cutlery.
  • Stop shaking hands, hugging or kissing as a greeting.
  • Ensure a distance of at least 1.5 metres is kept between yourself and others.
  • Get vaccinated for flu (influenza). This will help reduce the strain on the healthcare system as it deals with coronavirus (COVID-19). Vaccines are now available from your GP and pharmacy.
  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly e.g. phones, keyboards, door handles, light switches, bench tops.

Who is required to self-quarantine and what does it involve?

See our advice on who should self-quarantine, how to prepare and how to support someone who is sick during a quarantine period on our self-quarantine webpage.

Emergency relief packages

For information on support and emergency relief packages for people in self-quarantine, visit self-quarantine webpage.

Source: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au

 


Mandatory Face Mask & Covering

Information about wearing face coverings

If you live in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire you must wear a face covering when leaving home unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.

Key Facts

  • A face covering needs to cover both your nose and mouth. It could be a face mask or shield.
  • Even with a mask, you should keep 1.5 metres distance between you and others.
  • There are a number of lawful excuses for not wearing a face covering including if you have a medical condition or other condition that impairs your ability to wear a face covering, doing strenuous exercise or if you are unable to do your job while wearing a face covering.
  • People who do not wear face coverings and do not have a lawful excuse can be fined $200.
  • Children who are under the age of 12 years old do not need to wear a face covering. Children who are two years or younger must not wear face coverings as they are a choking and suffocation risk.

Download instructions on How To Wear A Face Mask click here.

 


Resources

For a list of DPV Health and external support resources visit: https://www.dpvhealth.org.au/coronavirus-covid-19/support-resources/

Coronavirus Health Information Line

Call this line if you are seeking information on coronavirus (COVID-19). The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Ph:1800 675 398.

If you require translating or interpreting services call 131 450.

Useful Resources

Australian Government Coronavirus app

Stay up-to-date with the latest information and advice through the new Australian Government Coronavirus app.

iOS download here: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/coronavirus-australia/id1503846231

Android download here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.health.covid19

A new WhatsApp channel has also been launched to supply you with the latest information. To access it go to www.aus.gov.au/whatsapp

COVID-Safe App

The COVIDSafe app is part of our work to slow the spread of COVID-19. Having confidence we can find and contain outbreaks quickly will mean governments can ease restrictions while still keeping Australians safe.

The new COVIDSafe app is completely voluntary. Downloading the app is something you can do to protect you, your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians. The more Australians connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker we can find the virus.

For more information visit: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app

Get the app

The information on Coronavirus is up to date as of 30/3/20. For the latest information visit: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

 


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