Coronavirus (COVID-19)

At IceFire Physiotherapy and Northside Hand & Upper Limb Clinic we are continually changing our procedures based on information from relevant government health departments.

What is COVID-19 status?

It is sad to hear of the large number of people infected with Covid-19, and if you are one of them we hope that you recover soon. The good news is that the death rate in Australia is less than 0.4% as of the 25/3/2020, and about 80% of people will recover with only mild symptoms. As of March 25 2020 Australia had a total of less than 9 infected people per 100,000 people (allowing for 2252 cases at that time). For daily updates refer to https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncovhealth-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-current-situation-and-case-numbers

At this stage to the best of our knowledge, none of our staff or patients have been infected.

What are COVID-19 Warning Signs?

If you have fever And any of these symptoms: cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, sore throat, diarrhoea or vomiting then please do not attend our clinic. We wish we could help you but in such cases you should contact your local hospital’s fever clinic or local GP. Once you have recovered from Covid- 19 we look forward to treating you.

If you have travelled overseas within the last 14 days then please do not attend our clinic until 14 days has passed.

The Coronavirus Health Information Line is a useful number to have on hand, such as in your mobile phone contacts list: 1800 020 080 or 13HEALTH.

How to help us keep COVID19-Free?

If you have a cough without fever we will provide you with a face mask to wear while in the clinic. If the clinic waiting room becomes too full we may ask you to wait outside or in your car till your appointment starts. We have reduced the number of chairs in our waiting room.

We continue to improve all our procedures and infection control measures to minimise the risk of infection to our staff and patients. We are using Purifas faceshields when patients need to lie facedown, as these provide 100% coverage of the face hole in the plinths.

Are we closing down?

As one of many essential healthcare businesses we have no expectation of needing to close down due to government requirements. However even this may change depending on health advice given to our government.

What is a virus and where do they come from?

If you wish to know what a virus is and where they come from, then this science based article written by Dr Robert Carter for the non-technically minded provides many useful insights: Coronavirus in creation, https://creation.com/wuhan-coronavirus

The article has an electron microscope picture of Covid-19.

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