Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. The virus can spread from person to person. Symptoms may include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or loss or taste or smell.

We can all help stop the spread.

  • If you have symptoms (even if mild), get tested and self-isolate.
  • Practise good hygiene.
  • Keep 1.5 metres distance from others wherever and whenever possible.
  • Download the COVIDSafe app.

Everyday precautions

Practising good hygiene is the first step in preventing the spread of infectious diseases.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry them with paper towel or a hand dryer. Alternatively use alcohol based hand sanitisers.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Stay home if you’re unwell to avoid making others sick.

Physical distancing

Physical distancing (or social distancing) means avoiding close contact and crowded places wherever you can. You should:

  • keep at least 1.5 metres distance from others wherever and whenever possible
  • avoid hugging and kissing
  • swap handshakes for a wave
  • turn face to face interactions into phone or video conference calls
  • consider working from home
  • pay using tap-and-go instead of cash.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Monitor for symptoms such as:

  • fever
  • chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • shortness of breath
  • unexplained loss of smell or altered sense of taste.

Other symptoms may include:

  • body aches or muscle pain
  • headaches
  • diarrhoea.

If you develop symptoms

If you are unwell or develop symptoms (even if mild), get tested immediately and go straight home to self-isolate.

  • Do not go to public places (e.g. work, school, childcare, university, shopping centres, public parks, social or religious gatherings).
  • Do not visit hospitals or aged care facilities.

More information

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – SA Health