Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
Some coronaviruses can cause illness similar to the common cold and others can cause more serious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
This novel coronavirus is still new and as such we are still learning more about it.
Symptoms reported in identified cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus include:
Other symptoms people may experience include muscle or joint pain, and loss of appetite.
Everyone who gets COVID-19 will experience it a little differently.
People who have extreme symptoms or side effects from the virus may take weeks or months to recover fully, while people with a mild illness may feel completely better within a week or two.
Symptoms can vary depending on each case.
If you have a sudden onset of any COVID-19 symptoms, you should contact your local doctor or call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84).
People with suspected COVID-19 will be tested.
Who is most at risk
Based on what we know about coronaviruses, those most at risk of serious infection are:
- people with compromised immune systems (such as people who have cancer)
- elderly people
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (as they have higher rates of chronic illness)
- people with chronic medical conditions
- people in group residential settings
- people in detention facilities
To help protect people most at risk, we have recommended limits on public gatherings and visits to vulnerable groups.
There is no specific treatment for COVID-19 infection. Antibiotics are not effective against viral infections. However, most of the symptoms can be treated with medical care.
There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19 novel coronavirus.
Read about COVID-19 coronavirus prevention.
- Frequently asked questions: COVID-19 novel coronavirus
- For global up-to-date information on COVID-19 novel coronavirus visit the WHO.
- For up-to-date Australian information and resources on COVID-19 novel coronavirus visit the Australian Government Department of Health website.
- COVID-19 transmission risk assessment advice for Public venues.