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What are the Coronavirus symptoms?

What do you if you are infected or if you come into contact with an infected person?


If you come into close contact with an infected person for more than 15 minutes, you are at risk of contracting the virus. 

Symptoms of the coronavirus have been reported to include:

  • Coughing
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Redness of eyes
  • Body aches
  • Loss of smell
  • Loss of taste
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness

If you have been in contact with an infected person, or are displaying the coronavirus symptoms, it is recommended that you should:

  • Isolate yourself, in order to avoid infecting other people with the virus. The room that you are isolating yourself in must have good ventilation.
  • If the people in your household have come into contact with you, as someone who is displaying symptoms, they need to be self-quarantined.
  • Contact the South African coronavirus hotline: 0800 029 999

The hotline is available from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday

Physically visiting a hospital if you are experiencing the symptoms is not recommended, because this puts other people at risk of contracting the coronavirus. The hotline will be able to assist you in identifying the severity of your symptoms, and possibly arrange for you to get tested.

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