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COVID-19 FAQs and Myth busters from QLD Government

March 19, 2020

Are the elderly, pregnant women and children more at risk of novel coronavirus?

Elderly people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.

There haven’t yet been comprehensive studies that show the effect of COVID-19 on pregnant women and their babies. If you are pregnant, you should continue to take good care of your health, and just like everyone else, wash your hands and keep your distance from people who are coughing or sneezing, or who you know to be sick. Seek medical attention if you experience any signs of illness at any time during your pregnancy. While there have been confirmed cases in children, a majority of the cases globally are in adults.

Should I wear a face mask?

Only people who have travelled overseas, feel unwell and have access to a face mask need to use one. A face mask is not necessary if you do not have symptoms.

When should I self-quarantine myself or my family?

Read the latest information on self-quarantine requirements.

Should any public events or mass gatherings be cancelled?

The latest restrictions include limiting non-essential internal gatherings to fewer than 100 people and outdoor gatherings to fewer than 500 people

All essential day-to-day activities, such as school and work, can proceed as normal.

Anyone who is feeling unwell should not attend public events, and should stay home from work and school.

For more information, visit the Australian Government website.

What should I do if I think I have novel coronavirus?

See a doctor immediately If you have:

  • travelled overseas in the past 14 days and are unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus
  • had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 coronavirus.

Before your appointment, please call ahead and mention your symptoms and travel (or contact) history so they can prepare for your visit.

The COVID-19 coronavirus quiz has recommendations on what you should do depending on whether you are unwell, your travel history, and whether you have had contact with someone with COVID-19 coronavirus.

Who should be tested for novel coronavirus?

At this stage, you can only be tested when you are showing symptoms of the virus.

Is there a vaccine for novel coronavirus?

There is currently no vaccine for novel coronavirus.

What is Australia doing about novel coronavirus?

The Australian Department of Health is monitoring the situation and is ready to increase their response activities when they need to. For more information, visit the Australian Government’s website.

Are Queensland hospitals prepared for novel coronavirus?

Queensland public hospitals are well prepared to respond to novel coronavirus. We have responded to health emergencies in the past, and we will do it again.

Should I cancel my hospital appointment?

No, you do not need to cancel appointments at any hospitals. It’s safe to attend Queensland