COVID 19: More than a clinical coding perspective


It was March 2020 and the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, had just announced mass testing of 'hotspot' suburbs in Melbourne. The number of coronavirus cases nationally were 1,917, with the 'clusters' all identified. “Our state’s health system is preparing itself for an emerging COVID-19 pandemic with a new plan to manage more cases and the growing risk of an outbreak in Victoria” (Premier of Victoria 2020). As I walked a lap of the local football oval with my son, Harry, and my dog, Bonnie, on New Year’s Eve 2019, we discussed what 2020 would have in store for us. "I wonder what 2020 will be remembered for?" Harry asked. At the time, we had no idea how destructive the bush fires were, and we had no idea that a new virus would bring the world to its knees. A microbe had and continues to change everything.

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