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COVID-19 can cause acute respiratory infection ranging from mild to severe. Most infected people experience a mild to moderate illness, for example, fever, cough and breathing difficulties. Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes, heart disease) are more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza. Having these symptoms do not necessarily mean that you have COVID-19.

For further detail, please see the Regional Public Health (RPH)  Website

or

The  Ministry of Health (MOH) Website

If you think you have corona virus, please ring COVID-19 Healthline 0800 3585453  to get instructions.

What to do

  • Stay home (self isolation)
  • Manage your symptoms at home
  • Phone your medical centre first if you need to be seen
  • Protect yourself

The following are simple steps you can take to protect yourself from COVID-19 and other illnesses in the community:

  • Wash and dry hands regularly. Wash hands using water and soap for 20 seconds. Then dry hands for 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitiser
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or your upper sleeve or elbow
  • Stay away from work, school or large gatherings if you are sick