COVID is a coronavirus.
But, like any infectious disease, the risk of contracting it is high.
The number of people infected has more than doubled over the past year, to more than 10 million, making it the world’s most deadly.
Here are five things you should know about the virus.
COVID: WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
COVID (pronounced COH-vue) is a highly contagious coronaviruses virus.
It is transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone who has recently been infected.
It affects people of all ages and races, and causes fever, cough, runny nose, runic changes in the skin and hair, weakness and joint pain.
The symptoms may be similar to those of other coronaviral infections, but they usually appear a few days after infection and can last for days or even weeks.
They can also be severe, including high fever and diarrhoea.
Symptoms may also include: headache, tiredness, weakness, cough and runny or watery eyes.
Some people may have trouble breathing, and may need medical attention.
WHO’S WORKING TO STOP COVID?
WHO is responsible for the control of COVID in Australia?
The Department of Health has responsibility for administering the country’s national coronavirochavirus control program.
It has responsibility over administering the COVID control plan.
The plan includes a national coronovirus surveillance system and provides guidance to the Health Department to develop and implement national prevention measures.
WHAT IS THE COUNTRY’S COVID PREVENTION PLAN?
COVISSPACE is a national plan to prevent coronaviomese (coinciding with the coronavid pandemic) by strengthening the effectiveness of the national control program, and developing new prevention strategies.
The COVISplan is designed to achieve a national level of control, including through measures such as vaccination, the use of protective equipment and the sharing of best practices.
HOW DO I GET HELP?
Find out how to contact the coronoviral disease service at 1-800-234-1668, or 1-866-232-3467, and how to access resources and advice at www.coidspirit.gov.au/contact.
You can also visit the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (ANHMR) website to access information about the ANHMR’s COVID Prevention Program.
You may also call the ACT Health and Safety Hotline (1800-555-3111).
Information and advice about COVID can be obtained at the Australian Vaccine Initiative website www.vaiv.org.au or by visiting the Department of Primary Industries, Food and Forestry website www and www.dpif.gov