WAGGA residents are warned not to self-medicate against the COVID-19 disease.
The NSW Health issued warning followed the death of a man living in the US, who was believed to have self-medicated in response to the global pandemic
In a statement, NSW Health said it was a dangerous practice because experts are still trying to understand this new disease.
"NSW Health is aware of people self-medicating to treat COVID-19 or using medications in an attempt to prevent COVID-19 disease," the statement said.
"There has already been one death reported overseas in someone who attempted to self-prescribe medicines. It's dangerous to do this.
"At this time, there are no vaccines that protect against COVID-19 and no medications with approved indications to treat COVID-19.
"NSW Health is constantly reviewing the evidence and working with its clinicians to provide the most appropriate evidence-based care for people affected by COVID-19."
The statement said usually symptoms will resolve on their own and advised people to rest, keep up fluid intake and paracetamol could help for aches and pains.
However, it said people with complications could be cared for in hospital.
Those suffering acute, cold, flu-like symptoms who have recently returned from travelling or are a contact of a confirmed case are urged to be tested for the virus.
To do this, call HealthDirect on 1800 0222 222 to be triaged and advised by a nurse over the phone.
Alternatively, contact your GP to book an appointment and let them know in advance if you have symptoms - these might include fever, cough, runny nose or shortness of breath.
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