What you need to know about coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat and shortness of breath. The virus can spread from person to person, but good hygiene can prevent infection. 

What is COVID-19

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 the disease caused by a new 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).


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:

  • fever

  • flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue

  • shortness of breath

If you think you have COVID-19

If you are sick and think you have symptoms of COVID-19, please ensure that you call the surgery first on 4471 2147 where our staff can talk to you about your symptoms whereby you may be offered a telehealth consult. Alternatively you can call the Coronavirus Health Information Line for advice on 1800 020 080. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For Life-Threatening                                For other after hours emergencies please contact Batemans Emergencies call 000                               Bay Hospital on 4475 1500 ,Moruya Hospital on 4474 2666 or                                                                        the GP Healthline on 1800 022 222