- 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
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.
- These droplets also land on surfaces and objects. Sometimes, we catch COVID-19 if we touch those surfaces and then touch our eyes, nose or mouth.
COVID-19 is not linked with a specific group of people, we are all equally able to catch and spread it.
- 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.