‘Matter of time’: Top doc’s coronavirus fears
THE Sunshine Coast's top doctor says he is surprised a coronavirus case hasn't been recorded in this region, given how infectious it is.
Sunshine Coast AMA president Dr Roger Faint yesterday hosed down a "rumour" that a case had been picked up on the Coast.
But speaking to the Sunshine Coast Daily yesterday, Dr Faint said he believed it would only be a matter of time.
"I find it difficult to believe that we won't get one at some stage. With the amount of people travelling around and not having a vaccination," Dr Faint said.
"The amount of people on cruise ships, it's so highly infectious. Much more infectious than the flu."
Dr Faint assured people that local medical professionals were "well prepared" for a case and that residents "shouldn't panic".
Sunshine Coast University Hospital is well prepared for a potential outbreak with a coronavirus ward already set up and plans in place for a fever clinic.
A department spokesman confirmed both the Sunshine Coast and Caboolture hospitals were ready to activate the temporary services at short notice.
The death toll for the virus has surpassed 1000.