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COVID-19


Blooms The Chemist is closely monitoring the situation around COVID-19 (‘coronavirus’) to assess the current and potential impact on our team members, business and customers.

 

 

Above all else, the health and safety of our people and communities is our
first priority.

 

 

 

What we know about COVID-19
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a virus that causes respiratory illness. There is evidence that it spreads from person to person.

 

Symptoms include:
• fever
• flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
• shortness of breath

 

A fact sheet from the Department of Health is available here.

 

It is recommended that anyone with a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, who has returned from international travel in the last 14 days, contact their doctor immediately. The Australian Government advises calling ahead to ensure the doctor’s office has time to prepare for their arrival.

For more information, visit the Department of Health website.

 

Medication Supply
From 19 March 2020 the Australian Government has introduced measures to minimise the potential for medicine shortages.

 

These measures include:
• limiting dispensing of certain prescription products to one month’s supply at the prescribed dose, and sales of certain over-the-counter medicines to a maximum of one unit per purchase
• placing some over-the-counter medicines for which there has been particularly high demand behind the counter to assist in allocating supply equitably

 

Your Pharmacist and Pharmacy team are here to support you and your family during this time. Please come in and see us or call your local store.

 

We are aligned with what the supermarkets are asking of their customers. Please - only buy what you need for now.


Precautions
• Wash your hands often with soap and water
• Use a tissue and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze or cough into your elbow.
• Avoid close contact with others
• Regularly disinfect benches, desks, tables, keyboards, door handles, phones and other surfaces that are regularly touched
• If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider. 

 

The Australian Government will continue to update the Department of Health website with the latest information regarding travel advice, countries considered high or moderate risk and appropriate precautions.

 

According to the Department of Health, "Surgical masks in the community are only helpful in preventing people who have coronavirus disease from spreading it to others. If you are well, you do not need to wear a surgical mask as there is little evidence supporting the widespread use of surgical masks in healthy people to prevent transmission in public."

 

What to do if you develop symptoms
According to the Department of Health, "If you develop symptoms (fever, a cough, sore throat, tiredness or shortness of breath) within 14 days of arriving from international travel is at higher risk for COVID-19, or within 14 days of last contact of a confirmed case, you should arrange to see your doctor for urgent assessment.

You should telephone the health clinic or hospital before you arrive and tell them your travel history or that you may have been in contact with a potential case of coronavirus. You must remain isolated either in your home or a healthcare setting until public health authorities inform you it is safe for you to return to your usual activities."

 

Resources
We will continue to update this page with new information as it becomes available.

 

For the latest Australian Government updates, visit:

 

Department of Health - COVID-19
Department of Health - COVID-19 Resources
Smart Traveller - COVID-19