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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
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