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Early in a pandemic, everyone will be information-poor. The best source of up-to-date GP relevant information will be the Department of Health, the RACGP and state and territory health departments. They will provide information about:
- what is known about the virus early in the pandemic. This is likely to include mode of transmission, broad incubation period, broad clinical presentation and case definition, and preventative measures to reduce transmission
- what is unknown early in the pandemic. This may include age and clinical groups most affected, age groups with most transmission, ‘severity’ and case-fatality rates, precise case definition, complicating conditions, effectiveness of antivirals and other medications, and safety of any pharmaceutical interventions
- what GPs should do early in the pandemic. As more information becomes available it will be easier to tailor your response according to the pandemic, your patients and your practice.
To continue to provide locally relevant information, health authorities will need to be informed about frontline pandemic situations, including patient feedback and effectiveness of any interventions.12