What is novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness from the common cold to more severe diseases, including Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is called novel because it is a new strain that have not been previously identified in humans. [i]
Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. [ii]
Suspected Case Definition
The current 2019-nCoV suspected case definition is:
- History of travel in, or transit through mainland China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), in the 14 days before illness onset.
- Or close contact with a confirmed case of 2019nCoV;
- Acute resipiratory infection (with at least one of the following symptoms: shortness of breath, cough or sore throat) with or without fever
If a patient meets the suspected case definition:
Coronavirus Quick Links
Australian Government Department of Health
- The Department of Health website provides up to date information for health professionals and patients.
- Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) information sheet for primary and community health workers
- Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) information and news
- Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) resources – A collection of resources for the general public, health professionals and industry about novel coronavirus. Some are in both English and simplified Chinese.
World Health Organisation
- Information on the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), including news, travel guidance and situation reports.
- Information on the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), including key resources, updates and communication with patients.
State/Territory Departments of Health
Collection procedures, pathology testing and notification requirements are specific to each jurisdiction.
Access local information via the links below:
Primary Health Networks
Access novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) information from your Primary Health Network below:
New South Wales:
- Central and Eastern Sydney PHN
- Hunter New England and Central Coast PHN
- Murrumbidgee PHN
- Nepean Blue Mountains PHN
- North Coast PHN
- Northern Sydney PHN
- South Eastern NSW PHN
- South Western Sydney PHN
- Western NSW PHN
- Western Sydney PHN
- Eastern Melbourne PHN
- Gippsland PHN
- Murray PHN
- North Western Melbourne PHN
- South Eastern Melbourne PHN
- Western Victoria PHN
- Brisbane North PHN
- Brisbane South PHN
- Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN
- Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN
- Gold Coast PHN
- Northern Queensland PHN
- Western Queensland PHN
Australian Capital Territory