Mega Thread for COVID-19 discussions (Description Updated 30/3/20)
For more information about COVID-19. Please use this thread for any general discussions about COVID-19, rather than making a new thread. Also see below for other specific/related threads.
Other Specific Discussion Threads:
Wearing Masks -Wearing Masks 2 - Shops with Masks
Lockdown Activities - Lockdown Tips & Tricks - Lockdown Deals - Lockdown - Entertaining Kids - Shopping List -
Hand Sanitiser - Expired Hand Sanitisers - Cheap Sanitiser
Reporting Price Gougers - Punishing Price Gougers - Retailers & Empty Shelves - Retailers & Empty Shelves 2 - Infected Goods from China - Raising EFTPOS Limits - Amazon US Warehouse Only Re-stocking Medical & Staples - Reselling Lysol Wipes
AMA with a Doctor - Parcel Delays - Buying/Selling Home - - Gym - House Inspections - Private Health Insurance - Energy Providers
Overseas Travel - Singapore Airport Closed - QLD Border Closed - Flying to Closed Country - Flying to NZ - Flying to Tasmania
Hotels.com Refund - 3rd Party OTA Refunds - BYOJet, Aunt Betty Changes/Refunds - Groupon Refund - Travel Insurance - Travel Insurance 2
Schools/Universities - Keeping Kids at Home - Keeping Kids at Home 2
Your Job - Work from Home Companies - Pay Cut - Qantas Staff - Tips to Protecting Yourself (Financially)
Mod: Original Description (From Jan 2020):
Placed this in the travel category as it related to travelling to China and, at present, a few affected nations.
Despite control measures put in place by the Chinese government, confirmed cases of COVID-19 are rising rapidly and spreading across the states. As of this post there are 585 confirmed cases and almost 400 suspected cases across 29 states/territories of China. 17 have since lost their lives.
I only know that Sydney has set up health monitoring stations for any Wuhan-Sydney direct flights, but with this spread it may come from anywhere.
Aside from protecting oneself by delaying/cancelling trips to China, what should we do as Australians? Should we be expecting greater monitoring of ones health from other major hubs other than Sydney? Should this be mandated for all flights from China, or just all incoming passengers in general? (This is a standard practice in some airports around the world).
Prevention is better than a cure, but are we in a place to prevent an outbreak?
(Not trying to use fearmongering, just better safe than sorry)
E: As of 25th January, Melbourne has Australia's first confirmed COVID-19 case.
E2: Also 25th January, Sydney has 3 confirmed cases.
E3: Avg incubation period of 10 days. Source:Translation
E4: Asymptomatic infection appears possible (Meaning it is contagious without symptoms).
Another paper thanks to @MissG