As reported in the media, the Australian Government Department of Health and NSW Health are currently monitoring the evolving situation regarding the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, originating in Wuhan in the Hubei Province, China.
There are now a number of confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus in Australia, including NSW.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus causes illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). This new strain of coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has not been previously detected in humans.
The symptoms are similar to those of other viruses. They include fever, flu-like symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, nausea/vomiting and headaches and, in some cases, difficulty with breathing. Difficulty breathing is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to show after a person has been infected.
Advice to all Clubs & Associations
All Volleyball NSW (VNSW) affiliated clubs & associations should follow health and safety practices regarding regular cleaning of equipment and facilities, particularly bathrooms, change rooms, canteens and common areas. Safe hygiene practices in relation to food handling procedures, including the provision of hand washing/sanitizing facilities and the use of disposable gloves in canteens and food facilities should be reinforced.
Clubs & associations should stay up to date with advice issued by Volleyball NSW and Government agencies regarding the Coronavirus. (Refer links to further information below)
Important Australian Government Health advice dated 1st February 2020:
- People who have been in contact with confirmed Coronavirus cases must be incubated (isolated) in their home for 14 days after exposure.
- As of today, all travellers arriving out of mainland China (not just Hubei Province) be asked to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time they leave mainland China
Advice to Participants
This advice to all participants (players, coaches, managers, referees, club officials, volunteers and others) involved in volleyball within Volleyball NSW is consistent with information issued by the Australian Government and is similar to information issued to schools and school students:
- Any participants who have been in contact with a person with confirmed Coronavirus case must not attend any training, trials, trial matches, games or other activities conducted by Volleyball NSW or a Volleyball NSW affiliated club, association or centre, until 14 days have lapsed from exposure to the infected person and provided they are not symptomatic.
- Any participants who have visited China in the past two weeks must not attend any training, trials, trail matches, games or other activities conducted by Volleyball NSW or a Volleyball NSW affiliated club, association or centre, until 14 days have lapsed from their date of departure from China and provided they are not symptomatic.
NSW Health Coronavirus advice:
- If you come into contact with a person who has recently returned from Wuhan or the Hubei Province in China, monitor your health. If you develop flu-like symptoms including a fever and respiratory signs, isolate yourself and call ahead to talk to a doctor. Tell your doctor that you have been in contact with someone from Wuhan. The doctor may tell you to attend your nearest emergency department, if so call ahead to the hospital before attending. Call 000 if you need urgent medical help.
- Always practice simple hygiene by covering your coughs and sneezes and wash your hands thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact, when possible, with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
- NSW Health
- Australian Department of Health
- Coronavirus factsheet
- Department of Health Advice for anyone who has recently travelled to Australia from Wuhan or Hubei Provence, China.
Volleyball NSW will continue to monitor the situation and provide updated information as it becomes available.
If you are seeking information on novel coronavirus, please call 1800 020 080. The line operates Monday–Friday from 8am to 8pm, Saturdays from 8am to 5pm, and Sundays from 9am to 5pm.