The symptoms of the new coronavirus at the centre of the current outbreak range from a mild cough to pneumonia. Australia’s Department of Health says symptoms include fever, flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue, and shortness of breath. In extreme cases the virus can cause organ failure. However, about 80 per cent of patients only get a mild to moderate form of the disease.
From time to time infectious diseases develop into epidemics or pandemics, and create increased risks for the community. These occasions require specific policies targeted at the particular disease in question and general efforts at preparedness.
1.1 Therapeutic Dog Services wishes as far as possible to protect its clients, its staff, its volunteers, and the general public from infection or contagion by epidemics and/or pandemics.
1.2 Therapeutic Dog Services will facilitate, through its policies and procedures, strategies designed to reduce risks to its clients, its staff, its volunteers, and the general public.
1.3 Therapeutic Dog Services will comply with all directions from authorised public health officers and recognised medical authorities in relation to the epidemic or pandemic.
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