• COVID-19 is similar to flu, causing coughs, fever, sore throats, fatigue and aching muscles. It can also affect the sense of taste and smell.
  • Most people have a mild illness and recover without treatment.
  • In some, this illness can last weeks to months.
  • If severe, it causes pneumonia with breathing difficulties.
  • Those over 55 years or with a chronic condition like diabetes, HIV, TB, kidney disease, hypertension, chronic lung disease or cancer are more at risk of severe COVID-19.s
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Coronavirus spreads easily​

  • COVID-19 spreads mainly when we breathe in the small droplets produced when someone with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, shouts or breathes.
  • Coronavirus spreads in waves that last for several weeks or months. During a wave, more people have the virus and are getting sick. It is more likely that you will catch coronavirus during this time.
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COVID-19 is not linked with a specific group of people, we are all equally able to catch and spread it.

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  • When children get COVID-19, they usually have no symptoms or get it mildly.
  • Severe COVID-19 is very uncommon in children. Occasionally, teenagers can get ‘Long COVID-19’ which can last several months.
  • Children can spread the virus to others.

Play your part in preventing the spread of COVID-19 when you go to school.