You may have COVID-19 if:
  • you develop a cough, fever, sore throat or lose your sense of smell or taste.
  • you had close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • the screen you had for COVID-19 symptoms at work, school or during a community health worker check is positive.
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If you have COVID-19 symptoms, or had contact with someone with COVID-19, separate yourself to prevent spreading coronavirus to others.

Depending on how much COVID-19 there is where you live, tests might be kept for those at risk of severe COVID-19, for those in hospital and for sick health workers.

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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If you have COVID-19 symptoms, contact your health facility or a COVID-19 hotline to discuss having a COVID-19 test, especially if you are at risk for severe COVID-19.

  • A nurse or doctor will do the test by rubbing a swab at the back of your throat or in your nose.
  • They will wear a mask and goggles or visor to avoid catching coronavirus.
  • It might be uncomfortable for a short while.
  • Expect to receive the result by phone (call or SMS) in about 2 days.
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If you have COVID-19 symptoms, assume you have COVID-19, even if you are waiting for the test result or have not had a test. Look after yourself and make sure you separate yourself to prevent spread to others.​