- COVID-19 is similar to flu, causing cough, fever, sore throat, 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 difficulty breathing.
- 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
Coronavirus spreads easily.
- COVID-19 spreads mainly when we breathe in small droplets produced when someone with COVID-19 breathes, coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or shouts.
- 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.
COVID-19 is not linked with a specific group of people, we are all equally able to catch and spread it.
- COVID-19 is a new disease, there is much we do not know about it.
- People often fear what is new or unknown. This makes it easy to blame others.
- Avoid fake news about COVID-19 – share information from official sources.
- Support those with COVID-19 to seek healthcare and cope with everyday life while unwell or in isolation.