How will you feel?

  • COVID-19 is a disease caused by a coronavirus.
  • Many people who catch coronavirus will not get sick.
  • Most people who do feel unwell with COVID-19 get a mild illness similar to flu, causing cough, fever, sore throat, tiredness, aching muscles and perhaps a change in smell or taste.
  • In some people, COVID-19 can be severe, causing pneumonia with difficulty breathing.
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You could be at risk of severe COVID-19 if:

  • you are 55 years or older.
  • you are an adult of any age with any of the following:
    • diabetes
    • TB or HIV
    • kidney disease or hypertension
    • chronic lung disease (asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis)
    • on cancer treatment.
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How long will it last?​

  • Most people who get COVID-19 recover completely within 5–7 days.
  • It may last longer, especially if the person has severe COVID-19.
  • Sometimes COVID-19 symptoms can get worse after the first week.

What treatment will you need?

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  • There is currently no specific cure or treatment for COVID-19; it will resolve by itself.
  • You will need to rest and can take medication to ease symptoms like pain or fever.
  • If you develop severe COVID-19, you will need oxygen and other care in hospital.

Will you spread coronavirus to others?​

  • You can spread coronavirus easily to others, even if you have mild symptoms or are not unwell at all.
  • Try to avoid spreading it, especially to those at risk of severe COVID-19.
  • You will need to isolate yourself from others in your home for at least 10 days.
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Where should you stay while you have COVID-19?

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Stay at home in your own room if:
  • you can isolate yourself from others at home
  • you are able to get healthcare easily if you need it.
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Move to a special isolation facility for people to stay  safely while they have COVID-19 if:
  • you cannot stay in your own room at home or
  • you are unable to get to healthcare easily.
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Go to hospital if you develop severe COVID-19 with any of the following:
  • difficulty breathing
  • confusion
  • chest pain or pressure that won’t go away or
  • difficulty waking up.
  • It is important that you avoid contact with others, especially if they are at risk of severe COVID-19.
  • If you are unsure if you can isolate at home safely, phone a COVID-19 hotline or speak to your healthcare provider.