What is coronavirus (COVID-19)

16 Apr 2020 onlineconsulting

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat and shortness of breath.

The Coronavirus spreads mainly from direct and indirect contact by an infected person. Being in contact with an infected person’s cough or sneeze, and touching a surface that has the virus on it, then from yourself touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

If you are concerned you may have COVID-19:

  • Try the free online symptom checker
  • Call the National Coronavirus Helpline at 1800 020 080 for 24/7 assistance
  • Arrange for testing at your local doctor’s clinic. See below for testing criteria

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