Statement from AMA Tasmania President Prof. John Burgess in relation to coronavirus in Tasmania, Monday 2 March 2020

Iran is disinfecting holy sites in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. The first Tasmanian case was detected in Launceston in a man returning from Iran.

“The spread of coronavirus is an unfolding situation around the world. It is not unexpected that coronavirus would reach Tasmania at some point.

Importantly, Tasmania is well prepared, and the man with the virus self-isolated and sought appropriate health advice.

It is important that people listen to the advice of the Director of Public Health.

Tasmanians should wash their hands regularly. If a person needs to cough, they should do so into their elbow.

If anyone is exhibiting signs of influenza, it is important that they self-isolate and call their GP to seek advice on what they should do before leaving their home to receive medical help.

Tasmanians do not need to change their behaviour or activities because of this positive result.

People should not wear masks unless advised to do so by a health official. They are unnecessary for people who are well. Masks are a precious resource that are needed for unwell patients and those health professionals caring for them.

Tasmanians wanting further information should check the Department of Health website for up to date information.”

Images courtesy Tasnim News Agency.