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1. How many confirmed cases of COVID-19 have there been in Fiji?

As of 13 Aug 2020 Fiji has 28 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Find out more

2. Are there any medicine or therapy that can prevent or treat COVID-19?

There is no evidence that current medicine can prevent or cure COVID-19. While some western, traditional or home remedies may provide comfort and alleviate symptoms of COVID-19 they do not cure or treat COVID-19. Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections and COVID-19 is caused by a virus hence antibiotics do not work for COVID-19. 

However, there are several ongoing clinical trials happening to develop vaccines and specific antiviral medicine to prevent and treat COVID-19.

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The information is adapted from the World Health Organisation

3. What are fever clinics?

Fever clinics are an important part of Fiji's COVID-19 response plans. It allows people to seek treatment without going to a hospital. Only those who have a fever should go to a fever clinic and there is no need for an appointment. You show up and will be assessed by a nurse. 

The clinics are open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm with additional hours for Punjas Health Centre and Kamikamica Health Centre (Lautoka) which are open from 8am-10pm, 7 days a week. The Valelevu Health Centre in Nasinu is open 24 hours.

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The information is adapted from the Ministry of Health

4. What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Isolation is the separation of ill or infected persons from others to prevent the spread of COVID19 or contamination.

Quarantine is the restriction of activities or the separation of people who are not ill but who may been exposed to COVID19. The objective is to monitor their symptoms and ensure the early detection of cases. 

 

 

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Adapted from the World Health Organisation and Ministry of Health

5. Does wearing gloves in public prevent the spread of Covid-19?

No, you can still pick up Covid-19 on gloves. If you then touch your phone, face, car door etc the contamination from your gloves can go to your face and infect you.

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Adapted from the World Health Organisation

6. What is the incubation period?

The incubation period means the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease.

It is currently estimated that the incubation period for COVID-19 ranges from 1-14 days.

While people are mostly infectious when they experience (flu-like) symptoms, it may be possible that people can transmit the virus without having any symptoms or before the symptoms appear. However, investigations are ongoing to determine this.

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The information is adapted from the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation

7. Can masks protect against COVID-19?

The latest advice from the World Health Organisation states:

  • If you are healthy:
    you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection.
  • If you are ill:
    Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.
  • Disposable face mask can only be used once.

See the World Health Organisation advice on masks and watch the video below for more information.

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The information is adapted from the World Health Organisation

8. What is social distancing?

Social distancing are steps one takes to stop or slow down the spread of COVID-19. It is making sure there is less contact between you and other people. This helps reduce the risk of breathing in droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. 

See the video below for further information

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The information is adapted from the World Health Organisation

9. Can Fiji do diagnostic testing for COVID-19?

From March 11, Fiji is able to do diagnostic testing for the virus which was previously being done in Australia. 

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The information is adapted from the Minister of Health's Twitter