Frequently Asked Questions
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, sore/scratchy throat and shortness of breath.
Other reported symptoms of COVID-19 include loss of smell, loss of taste, runny nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting and loss of appetite.
What is the difference between COVID-19 and the flu?
The first symptoms of COVID-19 and influenza (flu) infections are often very similar. They both cause fever and similar respiratory symptoms, which can then range from mild through to severe disease, and sometimes can be fatal.
Both viruses are also transmitted in the same way, by coughing or sneezing, or by contact with hands, surfaces or objects contaminated with the virus. As a result, the same public health measures, such as hand hygiene (hand washing), good respiratory etiquette (coughing into your elbow or into a tissue and immediately disposing of the tissue) and good household cleaning are important actions to prevent both infections.
What if I feel unwell with symptoms of fever, cough, sore/scratchy throat and shortness of breath?
Do not attend the Gym
Anyone who is unwell and has the above symptoms must not use the Gym. If you develop symptoms at work such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath you must advise the Gym Manager as and you may be directed to leave the Gym. Take a look at our handy infographic for some advice on what to do if you're not feeling well.
What should I do if I come into contact with a person who has been identified with confirmed Covid19?
If you have been in contact with a person identified as a close contact of another person with confirmed COVID-19 infection, you do not need to self-isolate (although the close contact does) and don’t need take any other special precautions.
If a close contact develops symptoms and is confirmed as a COVID-19 case, public health authorities will determine who, if anyone, has been in close contact with them while they were infectious, and these people will be directed to self-isolate.
Who should get tested for COVID-19?
NSW Health now recommends that anyone with respiratory symptoms or unexplained fever should be tested for COVID-19.
This is especially important for:
- anyone who lives or works in a high risk setting, including healthcare facilities, aged care and other residential facilities, schools, prisons, and other closed settings
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- people who are close contacts of a confirmed case or who have returned from overseas or Victoria in the last 14 days
- anyone admitted to hospital
- people who reside in areas for increased testing and surveillance
What happens if I need to be tested?
If you or a member of their family/household is being tested for Covid19 you must inform the Gym Manager immediately. You must not attend the Gym until the results are received
How is it prevented?
Some simple measures significantly reduce the risk of catching COVID-19 and of spreading it:
- Clean your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand rub/sanitiser.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing or use your elbow, not your hands
- Avoid close contact with people unwell with cold or flu-like symptoms, and stay home if you have these symptoms.
- Avoid touching your face and avoid shaking hands with others.
- Try to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from others as much as possible, and avoid crowded places.
Do I need to wear a surgical mask while attending the Gym?
Current advice from Department of Health is that surgical masks in the community are only helpful in preventing people who have coronavirus disease from spreading it to others.
Surgical masks are not currently recommended for healthy members of the public to prevent COVID-19. Social distancing is more effective.
Do I need a medical certificate clearing me for work?
If you are unwell with symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath you are not permitted to attend the Gym.
If you or a member of your household has a confirmed case of Covid19, you will not be permitted to attend the Gym until you provide a medical certificate stating you are fir to return to work.
What is physical distancing?
Physical distancing means reducing the number of close physical and social contacts we have with one another. This includes:
- not shaking hands, hugging or kissing as a greeting.
- keeping a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and other people, where possible.
- avoiding visiting vulnerable people, such as those in aged care facilities or hospitals, infants, or people with compromised immune systems due to illness or medical treatment.
- using debit and credit cards instead of cash and make use of online and self-serve transactions (for example Opal cards on public transport).
- taking public transport in off-peak periods if you can.