The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough.
Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.
Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing.
Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention
There is no specific treatment available for SARS-CoV-2. Treatment is supportive (e.g. providing oxygen for patients with shortness of breath or managing a fever). Antibiotics do not treat viral infections.
Antibiotics may be required if a secondary bacterial infection develops. Currently there are vaccines available that are being distributed world wide.
Anyone who is sick or displaying symptoms should not go to school or work.
If you have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, you should self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the date of close contact. If you are concerned, contact your medical practitioner for further advice.