As you are all no doubt aware coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia. Some people recover easily, others may get very sick very quickly. There is evidence that it spreads from person to person and good hygiene can prevent infection.
Prevention, personal hygiene and care
Surgical masks in the community are only helpful in preventing people who have coronavirus disease from spreading it to others. If you are well, you do not need to wear a surgical mask as there is little evidence supporting the widespread use of surgical masks in healthy people to prevent transmission in public.
Everyone should practise good hygiene to protect against infections.
Good hygiene includes:
- washing your hands often with soap and water
- using a tissue and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
- maintain social distancing
- avoiding close contact with others, such as touching
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Practice respiratory hygiene
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
If you have a confirmed case, you need to isolate yourself to prevent it spreading to other people.
Read more about protective measures against coronavirus on the World Health Organization website.
How it spreads
There is evidence that the virus spreads from person-to-person. The virus is most likely spread through:
- close contact with an infectious person
- contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze
- touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face
Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. People with coronavirus may experience:
- flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
- shortness of breath
If you become unwell and think you may have symptoms of coronavirus, seek medical attention.
Call ahead of time to book an appointment. Tell your doctor about your symptoms, travel history and any recent close contact with someone who has coronavirus.
If you must leave home to see your doctor, wear a surgical mask (if you have one) to protect others.
Current state of play
The AEGN will monitor the federal government’s daily health alerts for anything that may impact on the AEGN’s upcoming cocktail and conference events in Sydney.
At this stage there is NO impact on AEGN’s events or travel within Australia. If this changes, we will let you know.
The AEGN will have a:
- dedicated person to monitoring government advice, before, during and after the event and then communicating out anything that is required.
- dedicated person to respond should anyone fall ill at the event.
During the conference period, the AEGN will assist with recommendations for the best hospital and response should someone feel ill on the day.