COVID-19 is a viral respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. It spreads through respiratory droplets and contact with contaminated surfaces. While many cases are mild and resolve on their own, severe cases can lead to pneumonia and other complications.

You might have COVID if you have:

A high temperature or chills
Loss of smell or taste
Flu-like symptoms
  • Breathing in droplets from infected people
  • Being close to someone with COVID-19
  • Touching things with the virus on them and then touching your face
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Rest as much as possible
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids
  • Take over-the-counter medications to relieve symptoms like fever and pain
  • Use a humidifier or take hot showers to ease congestion
  • Monitor your symptoms closely and seek medical attention if they worsen
  • Stay isolated from others to prevent spreading the virus
A photo of a negative COVID test taken after someone has self-isolated and kept vulnerable people safe.

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