What is Covid-19?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases.
COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new coronavirus. It was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.
For the most up to date information on Coronavirus in Victoria, visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
COVID-19 spreads through close contact with an infected person; mostly face-to-face or within a household.
Close contact means greater than 15 minutes face-to-face or the sharing of a closed space for more than two hours with a confirmed case.
A close contact could include any person meeting any of the following criteria:
- living in the same household or household-like setting (for example, a boarding school or hostel)
- direct contact with the body fluids or laboratory specimens of a confirmed case
- a person who spent two hours or longer in the same room
- face-to-face contact for more than 15 minutes with the case in any other setting not listed above.
The most common coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms reported are:
- Fever, chills or sweats
- shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Runny Nose
- Fatigue or tiredness
- Loss of taste or smell
Other less common symptoms may include:
- Muscle soreness
- Vomiting and/or diarrhoea
Many people who contract coronavirus (COVID–19) will suffer only mild symptoms. Elderly people and those with pre-existing medical conditions may experience more severe symptoms.
You can find out more information on COVID-19 symptoms on the Victoria Government website.
If you suspect you may have coronavirus please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398.
- Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- 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.
- Stay at home.
- Phone your doctor or the hotline – 1800 675 398 – if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
- Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, and get plenty of sleep.
- Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.
COVID-19 VISITING HOURS
All visitors are screened upon entry to the hospital. They are required to complete an online questionnaire by scanning a QR code and subsequently reporting to the front desk before they can proceed into the main hospital. For those who don’t have a smart phone or access to QR codes, MBPH staff will be able to assist.