Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus that was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.
Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. People with coronavirus may experience:
There is evidence that it spreads from person to person. Good hygiene can prevent infection.
There is evidence that the virus spreads from person-to-person.
The virus is most likely spread through:
In Australia, the people most at risk of getting the virus are those who have:
Health authorities have confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Australia. For the latest number, read the Coronavirus health alert from the Australian Government (Department of Health).
Chill is taking every precaution around patient appointments and treatments due to the recent outbreak of Coronavirus.
Please do not be offended if we ask a few extra questions over the next few weeks as we book treatments and consultations – patient safety is our priority at this time.
Chill is advising anyone who falls into the following categories, to delay their fertility appointments and/or treatment at Chill for 14 days. Please note patients have the option to change their appointment to a Skype appointment, please contact our friendly staff for further information.
If you think at any time that you may have been exposed to Coronavirus, please phone your clinic who will help you make the necessary changes to your treatment
We will continue to monitor all new updates and keep you informed as we receive more information from the Australian Government Department of Health.
What to look for:
The symptoms of Coronavirus are similar to those of any other upper-respiratory infection – runny nose, coughing, sore throat, and sometimes a fever. In most cases, it will not be obvious if it is Coronavirus or any different cold-causing virus.
Some practical ways to help reduce the general risk of infection include:
In response to the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) has been providing a series of recommendations, please visit our web page FSA – COVID-19 information or the Fertility Society of Australia website for further information.