Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

For the latest information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Tasmania, please go to www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au

What are coronaviruses?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronaviruses cause illness in humans and others cause illness in animals, such as bats, camels, and civets. Human coronaviruses generally cause mild illness, such as the common cold.

Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve to infect and spread among humans, causing severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) which emerged in 2002, and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) which emerged in 2012.

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is a new strain of coronavirus that is causing disease in humans and spreading from person-to-person. The name of the disease is COVID-19.

Who is most at risk?

The following people are at higher risk of serious illness:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and older, with one or more chronic medical conditions
  • people 65 years and older, with one or more chronic medical conditions
  • people 70 years and older
  • people with a weakened immune system.

Chronic medical conditions include diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, cancer and kidney failure.

To minimise your risk, it is important to follow advice about preventing the spread, cleaning and physical distancing.

Who should be tested for COVID-19 and how do I arrange it?

For the latest information on who should be tested, where to get tested and how to arrange it, check the Coronavirus website

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people recover easily, others may get very sick, very quickly. Symptoms include fever or acute respiratory illness (eg cough, sore throat or shortness of breath). People with severe illness may have difficulty breathing, which is a sign of pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.

It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to show after a person has been infected.

Need an interpreter?

  • Phone the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450 and tell them your language.
  • Tell the interpreter your name and that you’re calling the Tasmanian Department of Health 1800 671 738.

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updated 2 June 2020