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Symptoms: is it COVID-19, a simple cold or Flu?

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Less than two months have passed since Australia’s horrifying bushfire season, which saw both great heroism and patriotism as we stood together and battled our way through a national emergency. For months we choked in the smoke of the fires, feeling helpless as we watched our country burn. It seems only a few moments have passed of which to catch a breath, and we no longer stand together in the fight for our lives, but rather in the unfamiliar form of warfare through isolation.

In these uncertain times amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, authorities doing the best they can with the limited information as it becomes available, advise a new paradigm for the identity of Australians. This includes social distancing, prohibiting the customary handshake and closing public areas for social expression, including pubs, restaurants, cafes, gyms and spiritual houses. Those flaunting non-compliance forcing more salt in the wounds, provoking the closure of some of our most iconic beaches. As we quickly drift towards a crashing wave of pandemic proportions.

Mass hysteria has led to understocked supermarkets (and outhouses for that matter) and the fundamental ritual of sanitising or sudsing up hands is now enjoyed after all occasions keeping you busy for seemingly hours each day (if you are lucky enough to have a supply of soap that is). But to top it all off, the all Australian saying of “She’ll be right mate!” is no longer the socially acceptable way to handle feeling under the weather, you’re expected to crawl under a rock for two weeks and hope there is still a good (healthy) Samaritan or UberEATS driver around to drop in vital supplies.

So how do you know if the symptoms you’re feeling are indications of Coronavirus, the Flu or if it’s the everyday run of the mill cold?

We think this infographic put together by the Department of Health (and adapted by us) is a great way to differentiate between the symptoms of each and may save an unnecessary trip to the closest COVID-19 clinic.

We hope this information provides some understanding of how the virus’ presents and we’re just a phone call away to provide you with a suitable course of action in these times of uncertainty. If you’re feeling unwell or unsure if your symptoms could be the sign of something more serious, please contact your local Qualitas Health general practice to book a consult with one of our GP’s.

Covid–19: Identifying the Symptoms

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If you are experiencing flu like symptoms such as fever, cough, a sore throat or respiratory symptoms and have returned from international travel in the past 30 days, or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for or is suspected of contracting Coronavirus - Please call us directly, do not book online or attend the Practice without speaking to a member of our team.

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