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Important information about the Coronavirus

Last updated: 30 April 2020

South Africa is currently in a #lockdown to stop the spread of the virus - this means that everyone must stay at home until further notice.

You don’t have to travel overseas to be infected - the virus is in South Africa too - and even young people can get the virus and get very ill.

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?
Stay at home

The most important thing you can do is to stay at home. Only leave your house to buy food, medicine, get your social grant or see a doctor. Taxis will run between 5am to 10am and from 4pm to 8pm to help you do this. Staying at home stops the virus from spreading.

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 stay at home

Be a change champion in your community and encourage other people to take the virus seriously and to stay at home too. Challenge a friend to be safe, be smart and be kind in the WhatsApp Lockdown Challenge (normal WhatsApp costs apply).

Come back to this site regularly for updated info on this page.

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