What is COVID-19? What are the symptoms? Read all about COVID-19 here.
Information current as at 08 August 2020
Source: Australian Department of Health
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia.
Some people get only mild symptoms, recover easily and others may get very sick very quickly. The virus spreads from person to person.
There is no way of knowing how severely the virus will impact each individual so getting tested, isolating until you are cleared of the virus and maintaining high levels of hand and respiratory hygiene are so important in reducing further spread of the virus.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
Some people who are ill may have:
These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell.
Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. However, regardless of the severity of the symptoms experienced all people who test positive to COVID-19 must isolate to reduce further infection.
Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develop difficulty breathing.
These serious symptoms may include:
The World Health Organisation has produced a video below which explains the virus, where it came from, what it does, how it’s transmitted, what the symptoms are, and how we can prevent infection.
This information sheet from the Australian Department of Health also has useful information.
To stop the spread of COVID-19 people with even mild symptoms of respiratory infection should get tested.
If you are concerned you may have COVID-19:
NDIS Easy Read – COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information
Council for Intellectual Disability - Staying Safe from COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
DHHS – Slowing the spread
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