Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Identifying the symptoms

This Government resource explains the different symptoms you may experience if you have coronavirus (COVID-19), a cold, or the flu.

This factsheet states that one of the most common ways to detect if a person may be infected with COVID-19 is to check for signs of a fever. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever and a dry cough.

The AI-FDS thermal camera is able to immediately detect elevated skin-surface temperatures of the forehead using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and has an accuracy of 0.5˚C.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – You must take action to save lives in your community

This Government print ad outlines the actions you must take to help save lives from coronavirus, including: Staying home unless absolutely necessary.

However, banks, supermarkets/groceries, petrol stations, medical services and suppliers will remain open. This means that people in your community are at risk of contracting COVID-19 while taking part in everyday activities like shopping for essential items like groceries.

COVID-19 is a new disease, so there is no existing immunity in our community. This means that COVID-19 could spread widely and quickly if precautions are not taken.

The AI-FDS thermal camera is able to help protect everyone in our local community by performing preliminary fever scans on people entering various premises, and if an elevated skin temperature is detected, it can warn that person to seek medical care and at the same time isolate them away from more vulnerable people, like the elderly or those with chronic medical conditions. So far, Australian data shows people in their 60s have the highest rates of diagnosis, followed by people in their 30s, then 50s.

COVID-19 will be with us for the foreseeable future, and the more testing that is able to be performed on people that are most likely to become infected will play a large role in saving lives of the most vulnerable in our communities.