It’s not ‘just a cold’ – it’s a killer

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COLDS ARE STILL HERE BUT GET TESTED TO BE SURE… Colds and flu are still in the community but if you have the symptoms, get tested and be clear. Photo: Supplied

Australians are urged to get real on COVID-19.  Just in the past month alone, more than 10,000 people have been diagnosed as being positive with the virus and the total number of deaths has risen to 309 in Victoria. Over 7600 people are still being treated with 660 in hospital, 40 in intensive care.

Shepparton region also has 22 active cases.

Rural doctors say all Australians, including those in rural communities – need to take COVID-19 seriously and treat it like the killer disease it is.

Too many Australians think this disease is like a mild cold that won’t impact them. Dr Adam Coltzau from the Rural Doctors Association said. “They are kidding themselves. “COVID-19 is life-threatening and it has already killed thousands worldwide, including younger people. “Even if you are a healthy younger person and live in a small rural town, you are still at significant risk.

 “We cannot emphasise enough, even if you have the mildest of symptoms of this disease, get tested immediately and isolate until you get the results.

“Do not go to work, do not duck down to the shops, and do not mix with the wider community.”

Victoria Police are issuing over 250 on the spot fines a day for people in breach of the requirements to stay home or not wearing a mask.

In battling this disease. “All we ask is that you do your bit, follow the rules and use some common sense to help ensure you don’t get this horrible disease or pass the virus onto others. It’s not that hard.” said Dr Coltzau.