The World Health Organisation has declared a pandemic as Covid-19 continues to spread around the world. The virus hit South African shores last week, and infections are on the rise.

However, there is a lot of confusion as to what the symptoms of Covid-19 are. And since they are very similar to the symptoms of colds and flu, many people are flocking to clinics and hospitals to be tested, which is putting a lot of pressure on the local healthcare system.

If you’re feeling “under the weather” and are worried about possibly having contracted Covid-19, here are the symptoms to look out for, and the KEY factor that increases your risk.

Covid-19 symptoms include normal flu symptoms (fever, coughing, shortness of breath, fatigue), BUT it more significantly affects the LOWER respiratory tract – so a sore throat is unlikely.

The MAIN distinguishing factor is CONTACT with someone who is infected with the virus. If you’ve been in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of Covid-19, you should seek medical assistance. Watch the video below for a clear idea of what to look out for