Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus, called SARS-CoV2.
Common signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are very similar to other respiratory viruses presenting with mild to moderate respiratory illness. It can recover without any special treatment. However, high risk population such as older people, people with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
Transmission of COVID-19 is mainly via respiratory or saliva droplets.
Prevention of disease transmission
Wearing face coverings when meeting with people from different households in the indoors
Washing hands with soaps and/or disinfectants regularly especially when coming back home from outside
If you develop any symptoms of Covid-19:
If a patient develops any of Covid-19 symptoms (persistent cough, sob, fever, loss of smell), please call local telephone triage and advice line to speak to a healthcare professional. Please do not attend the health care clinic without speaking to a doctor first on the phone.
It is advisable to keep pulse oximeter and a thermometer at home
Please follow the isolation guidelines for Covid-19 if you develop any Covid-19 symptoms
Symptomatic patients with suspected or confirmed Covid -19: 10 days from first day of symptoms and at least 3 days without symptoms (including without fever and without respiratory symptoms )
Family/contact of Covid-19 ( no symptoms ) : 10 days (further 10 days if symptoms starts as above)
Isolation can be done at a designated Covid-19 health facility, community facility or at home (self-isolation) based on local policies.
Published on 23 April 2021
Last Updated: 12 May 2021