Covid 19 Update – Should I worry about the Coronavirus Disease?

Article by Dr Matthew Stark & Dr Kate Stark.


Do not worry unnecessarily.

Take the situation seriously, make sure to follow all the advice and guidelines set out for you. Stay informed.

This knowledge will alleviate your worries.

Make sure you look after each other, sleep well, eat well and exercise well (taking responsibility for your personal fitness level, hygiene and ability).

What is the name of the disease caused by Coronavirus?

MERS – Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

SARS – Severe Acute  Respiratory Syndrome

ARDS – Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome


MERS – as suggested is found in the Middle East and like covid-19 may be asymptomatic, however, MERS is positive for coronavirus.

The World Health Organisation has been obtaining data from the coronavirus causing MERS since 2003.  SARS and SARS cov2 leading to ARDS and Pneumonia are the names of the diseases that can result from infection with Covid-19 resulting in the need for urgent hospital treatment.

As suggested by the name the illness affects the respiratory system.

In more serious cases of Covid-19 patients experience pneumonia, their lungs fill with pockets of pus and fluid leading to intense shortness of breath and painful coughing.

The respiratory system is a biological system consisting of specific organs and structures used for Gas Exchange.

As we breathe, oxygen enters the nose, mouth, pharynx, larynx and sinuses regulating the temperature and humidity of the air.

From the sinus air enters the trachea (windpipe).

From the trachea into the bronchi.

From the bronchi into the bronchial tubes into the lobes of the lungs.

The bronchi are lined with tiny hairs called cilia carrying mucus that collects dust, germs and matter that we expel when we cough and sneeze.

The lobes of the lungs contain alveoli, which are small spongy sacs where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide occurs.

How to naturally improve lung health.

Avoid smoking. Improving air quality at home. Drink plenty of water.

A diet rich in omega 3 oily fish. Beta carotene carrots, fruits vitamin c . Berries antioxidants. Vegetables vitamin b.

However, there are very few cases in Australia. The full daily reports can be obtained from the government site.

Can you contract the COVID-19 coronavirus disease by touching a surface?

There are three modes of transmission

  1. Airborne – threw the air.  Less than 2 meters away from an infected person.  The virus may stay in stale air for up to 3 hrs
  2. Contact – The virus may stay on contaminated surfaces for up to 92 hrs.
  3. Droplet – Via sneezing or coughing by people positive for covid-19.

Who is most at risk of Covid-19?

Patients who are at least 70 years of age.

Patients who are at least 50 years of age and of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander decent.

Patients who are pregnant.

Patients who are the parent of a baby up to 1 year.

Patients currently being treated for a chronic health condition.

Patients who are immunocompromised.

Patients required to self-quarantine in accordance with the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee guidance

Patients meeting the current national triage protocol criteria for COVID -19 infection.


What are the Symptoms of COVID-19 infection?

Most commonly;

Fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Sometimes aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat and diarrhoea.

Some patients are carriers and do not exhibit obvious signs of the disease.

Generally it takes 5/6 days for symptoms to show after infection, it may take up to 14 days.

There is currently no available vaccine, however it is estimated that their will be a vaccine available in 12 to 18 months time.

If you believe you have COVID-19 you should contact your doctor via telephone.

Telehealth conversations are welcome to all of our practitioners.

You are able to obtain a prescription should you require one.

Please do not hesitate to contact us on 07 5560 9575 or for any advice, a telehealth appointment or a normal appointment.

Article by Dr Kate Stark –  Director StarKlinics Dental Clinic 

DR Kate Stark Dentist & Director StarKlinics Gold Coast Dr Kate Stark – Dentist & Director at StarKlinics Dental.

Dr Kate Stark is a committed dental practitioner who is passionate about digital dental technologies.
Kate graduated in 2005 from Guy’s King’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals Kings College London.

Kate is Dentist and director of StarKlinics, a dental medical and training facility on the Gold Coast.

Article by Dr Matthew Stark –  GP and Specialist StarKlinics Dental Clinic 

DR Kate Stark Dentist & Director StarKlinics Gold Coast Dr Matthew Stark BM, MRCP, MRCGP, MFSEM, FRACGP – Doctor & Director at StarKlinics Dental.

Dr Stark is a sailor and water sport junkie.
He is the man to see if you have a sports injury and he’s pretty handy with an acupuncture needle.

Mathew is a GP and Specialist based at StarKlinics, a dental medical and training facility on the Gold Coast.