COVID-19 is an illness caused by a new virus. There is no vaccination or cure yet. 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 a disease caused by a new form of coronavirus. It was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China. Other coronaviruses include; Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
Watch for symptoms
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms.
What is the difference between Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19?
Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and the flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.
Absolute Medical Response Screening Checks
Absolute Medical Response offers an onsite temperature and fever screening services by trained technicians and health care practitioners. All of our health care workers operate under strict infection prevention and control guidelines and wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) including surgical masks, isolation gowns, gloves, p2 masks and safety glasses. Our workplace screening services have been used by commercial and community organisation which include factories, major infrastructure developments (rail, motorway etc.) and adopted by sporting and community events.
Undertaking strict screening process will help you to protect your employees, customers, patrons and clients.
Screening service include non-touch temperature monitoring, screening questionnaires, education material and reporting and documentation. All contaminated waste is removed from your site and destroyed in accordance with the Absolute Medical Response Infection Prevention and Control guidelines by an approved clinical waste contractor.