Important information about the Coronavirus

South Africa is currently in Level One of lockdown, while our infection rates are improving there is still a risk of contracting Coronavirus and it is important that we follow the guidelines to stay safe!

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms are:

  • A dry cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath

4 out of 5 people will only experience mild (not serious) symptoms and can stay at home and get better without hospital care. If you think you have the virus, phone the Emergency Hotline: 0800 029 999. You can spread the virus even if you don’t feel sick yet. This is why the lockdown is so important.

How can you stay safe?

Wear a mask

Now that we are at Level One most normal activity can resume, but certain precautions remain in place. So follow the curfew, always wear a mask in public, and stay away from large groups of people wherever possible.

Wash your hands as often as you can

Use soap and running water if you have it. If you don’t have running water use a small dish of water and soap or get a family member to pour a cup of water over your hands as you wash. Wash your hands for 20 seconds. If you live somewhere without water phone 0800 200 200 - the government is working to bring water to these areas.

Keep 1.5m away from people

If you are outside of your house stay at least 1.5m away from anyone you come into contact with and don’t shake hands. The virus travels in drops of saliva, so if you stand far enough away you are less likely to get sick, even if you meet someone who is sick. Remember to sneeze or cough into your elbow!

Stay informed and aware

Take Funzi’s COVID-19: Adapt and thrive course (uses very, very little data) or visit the Department of Health’s data free site. This way if someone tells you something about the virus you’ll be able to check if it’s fake news.

Encourage others to be safe

Be a change champion in your community and encourage others to take the virus seriously and follow the guidelines to be safe!