Wuhan novel coronavirus – January 2020
In January 2020, a new coronavirus, novel coronavirus ( also called 2019-nCoV ) was identified in Wuhan, China.
As at 28 January 2020, more than 4,500 cases have been identified worldwide, with 106 deaths reported linked to an outbreak of viral pneumonia.
Five cases have now been identified in Australia, with others being tested.
[UPDATE]: As at 30 January, more than 7,500 cases have been identified throughout the world, with over 170 deaths and nine confirmed cases in Australia.
What is a coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause a range of illnesses, from the common cold to more.
How contagious is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses can spread in the following ways:
- Coughing and sneezing without covering the mouth can disperse droplets into the air, spreading the virus.
- Touching or shaking hands with a person that has the virus can pass the virus from one person to another.
- Making contact with a surface or object that has the virus and then touching your nose, eyes, or mouth.
Symptoms of novel coronavirus
The virus can cause a range of symptoms, from mild illness to pneumonia. Affected people may experience:
- flu like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and headaches
- difficulty breathing
How you can help prevent infection
Practice good personal hygiene and other measures to protect against infections. Measures to protect against coronvirus and other viral illnesses:
- Stay at home if you have flu like symptoms
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue while coughing or sneezing and then throw the tissue in the bin
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus?
If you have travelled to an affected area within the past 14 days and have a fever and respiratory signs and symptoms, book in to see a doctor. Symptoms may take between 2-14 days to appear. Call ahead first to ensure the appropriate protocols can be made to prepare for your arrival.
Health Alert Poster – Novel coronavirus
You can download a Health Alert Poster for novel coronavirus to help raise awareness in your workplace.
Work health and safety procedures
In light of this latest coronavirus, it’s a timely reminder to assess your current work health and safety procedures and practices in your workplace, and ensure your workers are aware and informed in good hygiene practice.
The team at Masula Compliance can assist in reviewing your work health and safety policies and procedures and provide workplace training to help you manage this in your workplace.