Researching Medical Symptoms and COVID-19 patient information

HAVE YOU TESTED POSITIVE TO COVID-19?

If you have recently tested positive to COVID-19, please read this patient information.

COVID-19
Before calling our clinic or booking an appointment with your GP, please take a moment to read through the following information. This has been developed to help answer some general questions you might have about COVID-19. The information provided is correct as of 22nd March 2022.

CORONAVIRUS HEALTH ALERT
The threat level of COVID-19 in Queensland is still ongoing and various new strains are constantly coming to the fore. With the arrival of the flu season its a concern as to how to distinguish one from the other.
For the safety of our patients and staff,:
- If a face-to-face appointment is required we request that all patients wear a face mask while in the clinic.
- We also observe social distancing >1.5m and limit the number of patients in our waiting room.
- If you have symptoms of the flu, a cold, or a loss of sense of smell or taste, then a COVID-19 test is necessary. Please refer to the Queensland Government website for a list of COVID-19 clinics and testing centres. -- - We do not provide Rapid Antigen Testing at our clinic. These can be done at home or at a local testing facility if you qualify. We do not stock Rapid Antigen Tests at our clinic. They are available for purchase at chemists and supermarkets.
- If you are unwell and have respiratory symptoms, please ask for a telephone appointment with the GP, and a safe review will be arranged. Please be assured that our clinic is COVID-19 safe and all our staff are fully vaccinated.
- You are a close contact if you usually live with the person or are in a household setting (for more than 4 hours) during a confirmed case's infective period.
- Symptoms may vary from person to person but may include....fever, nausea, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, headache, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting or nausea, loss of smell and/or loss of taste. other symptoms may also include muscle or joint pain and loss of appetite.
*****Call 000 if you need urgent medical assistance.

IF YOU HAVE A COVID POSITIVE RESULT FROM A RAT OR PCR TEST::
- stay/isolate at home for seven days, even if you cannot get a test immediately to confirm your diagnosis, organise to obtain one urgently.
REST, STAY WELL HYDRATED, TAKE PARACETAMOL/IBUPROFEN, CONTINUE YOUR REGULAR MEDICATIONS
- call Triple Zero if you experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing/breathlessness, chest pain, fainting or dizziness, severe headaches and inform the operator that you have COVID-19 and are isolating at home. Call 000 for any other medical emergency not related to COVID-19
- phone 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or 134 COVID (13 42 68) for other health advice to determine if your symptoms are worsening or for any concerns you have
- visit Queensland Health website www.qld,gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/stay... for further information.
- report your positive RAT - https://www.qld.gov.au/rat-positive/rapid-antigen-test-registration
- Most people with COVID 19 who are fully vaccinated (two or more doses) will only get mild symptoms and can be cared for at home.
- Tell anyone who you had contact with 2 days prior to feeling symptomatic that you have now tested positive. including workplace, children's school or childcare, etc.
- If you need groceries ask for contactless delivery from family and food suppliers, if you require medication delivery check with your chemist if they will do contactless delivery or organise with chemist for someone to pick up on your behalf.
- clean, sanitise, wear a mask and social distance after a negative test has been obtained until day 14 to be safe for everyone.

Management of COVID 19 Positive Isolation:
*Infected individual - go straight home, do not "stop" off anywhere, isolate for 7 days, wear a mask if around other household members; sanitise all surfaces that are touched or used; separate crockery, cutlery and cups are to be used and washed separately from everyone else's; wash all clothing and bedding separately from others and if possible a separate bathroom/toilet should be used and cleaned well. Handwashing is imperative as well as mask wearing. Glen 20 works well for surface spraying where shared areas can not be isolated. Remember to clean door/drawer handles, taps and light switches,
*Household contact of a positive case - 7 days quarantine, day 8-14 mask wearing outside of home (indoor and outdoor) and avoid high risk settings and vulnerable people
*Household-like contact of a positive case (spent 4 hours or more in the same accommodation) - Take a RAT or PCR test at day 6 or if you have any symptoms of Covid 19.
*4 hours or more at the same site or venue (e.g. work, club, event) - monitor closely and if symptoms develop use a RAT or get a PCR test and quarantine until you receive the results.

******* IT IS AT OUR DR'S DISCRETION WHETHER TO CONSULT IN CLINIC, IN THE CARPARK OR VIA TELEPHONE FOR POSSIBLE COVID PATIENTS. DO NOT TURN UP WITHOUT CALLING AND DISCUSSING OPTIONS WITH THE RECEPTIONIST FIRST********

RESEARCHING MEDICAL SYMPTOMS

Self care is very important in health.

All people are interested in researching their own health issues.

General advice for using the internet to research health issues includes:
* Using reputable sites - government health departments, university health departments;
* Google Scholar often provides good scholastic articles and resources about health issues;
* Avoid sites that seem to promote only one product, as these sites will often have biased information; and
* Seek help or clarification if you are unsure.

Often, health professionals can give you key words to use in search engines, so that your search is more relevant to your situation.