Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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Find information about coronaviruses and COVID-19. Learn about the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, who is at greatest risk, how it is spread, how it is diagnosed and how to prevent spread of the virus. Also find out what to do if you think your child may have COVID-19 and what to do if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Key points

  • Most people who become ill with COVID-19 will recover on their own.
  • COVID-19 is an infection caused by SARS-CoV-2, a respiratory virus that spreads mainly through close contact with an infected person.
  • There are things you can do to lower your risk of getting COVID-19, such as washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, avoiding close contact with others, keeping at least two metres from others outside your household and keeping up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines, as eligible.
Last updated: November 29th 2022