COVID-19 HOTLINE: 141

COVID-19

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered Coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. 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. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick. Read more about COVID-19 on World Health Organisation website.

PRESS RELEASE

COVID-19 positive patient transferred to Mahe for further care
September 15, 2020
Public Health Authority confirms new COVID-19 case on Praslin
September 12, 2020
Health officials follow up new COVID-19 positive case, urges adherence to health guidelines
September 11, 2020

NOTICE

Call the Department of Health hotline on 141 if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or any health concerns on COVID-19. 

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As part of Department of Health overall effort to engage with the community to foster patient safety and health worker safety to commemorate World Patient Safety Day celebrated on the 17th September, teams of health care workers & partners wearing yellow T-shirts and face coverings will be at several strategic locations all over the country this weekend on Saturday 19th September 2020, to interact with members of the public, to sensitize them further on the necessity for COVID-19 infection prevention and control. Hand sanitizers and face masks will be on offer to the lucky ones. ... See MoreSee Less

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