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In the wake of coronavirus, many of us are suspicious of every cough or sneeze. Especially as symptoms are similar to the flu.

So how do we know if we have COVID-19?

The Western Cape Government lists mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, dry cough, fatigue, sore muscles/body and difficulty breathing as symptoms.

They also note that a sore throat and runny nose tend to be less common in COVID-19 than in flu or other upper respiratory tract infections.

Citizens should suspect that they have COVID-19 if they have a flu-like illness and have travelled to an area where COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person in the community OR had close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus spreads mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes and through close personal contact such as touching or shaking hands.

Health practitioners encourage citizens to wash their hands regularly and thoroughly because the virus can spread by touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

It is important to stay more than 1-2 meters (3-6 feet) away from a person who is sick.

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Reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions including washing your hands, covering your cough and sneeze in the bend of the elbow or with a tissue, avoiding close contact with sick people and practising social distancing.

Kfm Mornings' Darren Simpson clarifies the symptoms of COVID-19, in comparison to the flu. Listen below.

A continuation of Darren Simpson's discussion on COVID-19 symptoms:

If you are unsure or need more information, contact the below:

  • Contact the Public Hotline on 0800 029 999
  • Provincial Hotline on 021 021 928 4102
  • Send an email to doh.dismed@westerncape.gov.za
  • Send “Hi” to 060 012 3456 on WhatsApp

For more information visit: www.westerncape.gov.za

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