- Most people with COVID-19 have a mild illness or no symptoms at all and can recover safely at home.
- Children are unlikely to become severely ill from COVID-19.
- Adults over 55 years or with a chronic condition are more likely to get severe COVID-19.
Check for COVID-19 symptomsCOVID-19 symptoms are commonly a cough, sore throat, loss of the sense of taste or smell, or a fever; in children, there may also be vomiting or diarrhoea. If you have any of these, contact your healthcare provider or phone the COVID-19 Hotline on 080 928 4102 (toll free).
- If an adult has breathing difficulties, chest pains or pressure that won’t go away, confusion or difficulty waking up, seek help urgently.
- If a child has fast breathing, can’t wake up completely, has a fit, won’t drink anything or vomits everything, seek help urgently.
- Call ahead. Avoid public transport. Use your own transport or call an ambulance.
Try to follow these rules to avoid spreading it to others
- Stay at home. Do not go to school.
- Separate from others at home, especially those at risk of severe COVID-19.
Use shared spaces separately.
Use separate dishes, towels and bedding.
Wash your hands often.
Wipe down high–touch surfaces after use with a bleach solution