Health officials are warning parents and carers about the increased risk of infection for people who get a routine checkup.
Key points:More than half of all people in Australia get a standardised health check upMore than a quarter of people who have had a health visit for more than two weeks have had symptoms of a virus like the coronavirusThis is particularly concerning in rural areas and in some regions with high rates of coronaviruses”There are some areas in the north-east of Australia where we’re seeing increases in coronaviral cases,” Queensland’s chief medical officer, Dr Simon Dutton, said.
“There’s a concern around some of the rural areas in Victoria and New South Wales where there are more cases of coronasitis, that the increased cases in those areas are actually increasing the incidence of coronvirus.”
Dr Dutton said the Queensland Health Department was working with coronavid control groups to develop strategies for the public to be aware of and to prevent further spread of coronavia.
He said while most people who had a checkup for more two weeks or more than a month had had symptoms that could be related to the coronovirus, a large number of people did not have symptoms.
“They have some health problems, and a lot of people are really confused about what they’re supposed to be doing,” Dr Dutton told ABC Radio National’s Today program.
“And it’s not uncommon for them to go and see a doctor, but they don’t know how to get an appointment.”
Dr Ramesh Sharma, chief executive of Centura Health, said the company had seen a spike in the number of new cases in the past few weeks.
“It’s a matter of concern that people are showing up to a regular check-up and they have symptoms of coronoviruses,” he said.
He warned that the virus was now in the public’s minds, and people were getting confused about whether or not they should go to a doctor.
“The public are really taking that into account,” he told AM.
“What we’ve been seeing is people just want to do a regular routine check-ups.”
Dr Sharma said the increased incidence of the coronave is a worrying sign.
“We’ve seen a very significant increase in the recent days, but we’re not seeing a significant increase for the majority of the population,” he explained.
“As a result, it is a concern that we’re now seeing a number of cases of the virus spreading across communities.”
Dr Gabor Roussel, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Western Australia, said a rise in cases is a sign of good news.
“This is good news, it’s good news for the coronaviad virus.
There’s a lot to celebrate about the recent increase,” he advised.”
People are actually feeling safer and they’re feeling more confident in terms of being able to come to their doctor and get checked.”
Dr Veena Shah, who runs a Queensland clinic for people with coronave, said more people were coming in with the virus, and some were taking precautions.
“I think we’ve seen that this has become more prevalent in recent weeks, but I think people are also starting to take precautions,” she said.
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