Government Launches Covid Support Tool

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The Department of Health has launched COVID Connect to assist South Africans with screening for symptoms and many other support services that can be used on a cellphone. 

Government has launched a tool to provide Covid support services to South Africans called 'COVID Connect'.

This allows you to access important information about Covid-19, get your test results, advice on how to manage symptoms and screenings. 

If you think you have Covid-19, you can also do the following through COVID Connect:

  • Dial *134*832# 
  • WhatsApp 'Check' to 0600 123 456 

You will then be given advice on what to do.

Through COVID Connect, you will be able to get your test results should you have gotten tested. When you take the test, you will need to provide your correct date of birth, address and cellphone number. You can then get your results via SMS or WhatsApp 'RESULTS' to 082 046 8553. If you test positive, you can anonymously alert people you came into contact with as well as monitor your symptoms. 

Should you be contacted by someone who is positive and came into contact with you, you should WhatsApp 'CHECK' to 0600 123 456. You will then be able to so a simple screening for symptoms and the get advice on whether you should self-isolate or get tested.  

If you are told to self-isolate, you should so so for a period of 10 days. 


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