Coronavirus - be informed. We are here to support you.
As we are all aware, the outbreak of COVID-19 is affecting Australia and many other countries. This infection can cause severe respiratory symptoms and in worst case scenarios be fatal. Here at Pharmacy 777, we encourage all our patients to be informed about the outbreak, and to take active steps in helping to minimise the spread and risk of infection among our community. We are here to support you. The risk of transmission in Australia is under investigation. Australians should remain alert and informed, but not be alarmed.
Everyone has a part to play in preventing the Coronavirus Infection, Covid-19, from spreading and affecting the community.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Avoid close contact with anyone who is unwell with a fever, cough or is sneezing.
Regularly wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser if available, particularly after coming into close contact with another person or a public surface.
Always cover your mouth with your bent elbow when coughing or sneezing, or use a tissue and dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands – germs can enter your body this way.
Optimise the body’s immune defences by eating well, getting enough sleep, being up to date with vaccinations, and reviewing existing health condition management with your Pharmacist or Doctor.
If you feel unwell stay at home and rest, unless you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, in which case seek medical care and call in advance.
HOW YOUR PHARMACIST CAN HELP
*available at selected locations, contact your local 777 for availability
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Frequently asked questions.
What is the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can make humans and animals sick. They cause illnesses that can range from the common cold to more severe diseases.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China. The pathogen that causes COVID-19 is named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, SARS-CoV-2.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough and/or shortness of breath, like the symptoms of the common cold. In severe cases, the virus can cause pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress. From what we know now about COVID-19, the symptoms can occur between 2 and 14 days from exposure to the virus. If you suspect you may have these symptoms, and you have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient or recently travelled in regions know to have an outbreak in the last 14 days, please call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
Can COVID-19 be transmitted from person to person?
Yes, COVID-19 can be spread from person to person. This can happen when a person comes into contact with the respiratory secretions of an infected person, for example through coughing or sneezing. Spread of this coronavirus from person to person is usually between close contacts. Close contacts are those people who have been face to face with a person infected with the virus for at least 15 minutes, or been in the same closed space for at least 2 hours with an infected person.
How can my pharmacy help?
Your Pharmacy 777 Pharmacist is available to help answer any questions you may have about the outbreak, and to give advice and recommendations surrounding limiting the spread and minimising the risk of contracting COVID-19.
We can also assist by recommending products to assist with health and symptom management. Pharmacy 777 is also prepared with services* available such as Express Delivery, Scripts on File, and online script ordering. We also encourage all patients to get their annual flu shot, a service provided at all Pharmacy 777 pharmacies that aligns with government recommendations.
*please check with your local 777 about services available
Currently, there is no specific treatment against the new virus.
Will the influenza vaccine help?
While the flu vaccine won’t combat COVID-19, it will help reduce the severity and spread of flu, which can lower a person’s immunity and make them susceptible to other illnesses. This position is supported by Health Minister, Brad Hazzard.
What information do I need to know if I am travelling?
When is it recommended to wear a face mask?
You do not need to wear a surgical face mask if you're healthy. While the use of masks can help to prevent transmission of disease from infected patients to others, masks are not currently recommended for use by healthy members of the public.