Symptoms include: Fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath.

Anyone with these symptoms who has travelled to or through mainland China, Iran or South Korea in the past 14 days should see a doctor immediately. Before your appointment, please call ahead and advise of your symptoms and recent travel so necessary precautions can be undertaken. People who are unwell should not attend public events.

Novel coronavirus is transmitted from person to person, usually when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Transmission may occur from contaminated surfaces, so it is important to frequently wash your hands. To protect yourself and others from infection, practice good hand and respiratory hygiene including:

  • cleaning hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs
  • covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing
  • avoiding contact with anyone who has symptoms such as fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath.
  • staying home if you are unwell.

Based on current advice, only people who have returned from overseas, are unwell and have access to a face-mask should use one. For anyone else who does not have symptoms, a face-mask is not necessary.

Tourism Australia: Without knowing what additional measures, if any, the Government may put in place to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic, or how long the outbreak will last, it’s impossible to predict the full tourism impact - but it is likely to be significant.

The Prime Minister has unveiled plans for a $17.6 billion stimulus package to aid Australia’s economic recovery in the wake of the coronavirus, $1 billion of which has been set aside to support those regions and communities that have been disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of the Coronavirus, including those heavily reliant on industries such as tourism, agriculture and education. This will include:

  • Additional assistance to help businesses identify alternative export markets or supply chains
  • Targeted measures to further promote domestic tourism.

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is also providing administrative relief for some tax obligations for people affected by the Coronavirus outbreak, on a case-by-case basis. The ATO will consider ways to enhance its presence in significantly affected regions, making it easier for people to apply for relief. The ATO is considering temporary shop fronts and face-to-face options.

PLEASE CLICK HERE for more frequently asked questions from Queensland Health's website.

For information about the Coronavirus call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 or contact Queensland Health on 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84).