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Determine your risk status

Know which factors could put you at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and may make you eligible for treatment options.1

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Identify your symptoms

COVID-19 can show up in one or more ways, like a cough, a sniffle, or just feeling tired.2

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Get tested quickly

Don't wait—get tested as soon as you feel symptoms or within 5 days of a recent exposure.3,4

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Talk to your healthcare professional about treatment options

If you test positive and think that you may be at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19, treatment options could be right for you.5

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COVID-19 Action Plan

Don’t wait until it’s too late—create your COVID-19 Action Plan so you’re prepared if you test positive.

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COVID-19 Risk Checker

Answer a few short questions to determine if you’re at high risk for severe COVID-19 and may be eligible for treatment.

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What does it mean to be at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19? Being at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 does not mean that you’re more likely to get the virus. Instead, high risk factors make it more likely that your COVID-19 symptoms could get worse, possibly leading to serious illness, hospitalisation, or, potentially, death.1,5,6

It doesn’t take long for even mild symptoms to turn severe—in fact, this usually happens in about a week. But if you're at high risk of your COVID-19 progressing to serious illness, you may also be eligible for treatment.1,4
Not sure if you are living with a risk factor?
Use the COVID-19 Risk Checker to confirm your risk status

Having high risk factors is more common than you think6

Knowing your risk status is an important part of protecting yourself from severe COVID-19. Having even 1 risk factor can significantly increase your chances of getting very sick if you test positive for COVID-19.6Here is a list of common factors that may put you at high risk1:For a full list of high risk factors, please visit <local link>.
Age 65+ Cancer Chronic kidney disease Chronic lung disease Chronic liver disease Heart conditions Dementia or other neurological conditions HIV infection Disabilities Cystic fibrosis Weakened immune system Current or former smoking status Overweight and obese Sickle cell disease or thalassaemia Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant Diabetes Tuberculosis Stroke or cerebrovascular disease Physical inactivity Substance use disorders Mental health conditions Pregnancy
Download your COVID-19 Action Plan to keep track of any risk factors you may be living with and know what to do if you test positive.
MYTHNot many people are at risk for severe COVID-19.
FACTAbout 1 in 5 people worldwide has at least 1 risk factor that could make their COVID-19 symptoms worse.7
What is COVID-19? COVID-19 is a disease caused by an infection from a virus called SARS-CoV-2, which belongs to the coronavirus family. You can get COVID-19 through contact with someone who has the virus.8

COVID-19 spreads quickly, so be sure to act fast if you think you may have been exposed or begin to feel symptoms.9
What are COVID-19 symptoms? COVID-19 can show up in one or more ways, like a cough, a sniffle, a fever, or just feeling tired. For some people, even mild symptoms can quickly become severe.2,4

The moment you start feeling symptoms, you should get tested right away, no matter how mild they may feel at first.4

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include2:
Loss of taste or smell Nausea or vomiting Sore throat Diarrhoea Fever or chills Muscle or body aches Congestion or runny nose Cough Fatigue Headache Shortness of breath
or difficulty breathing
When you have COVID-19, you could feel any combination of the symptoms above at different times and with different severity.2
If you do test positive after experiencing symptoms and are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19, talk to your healthcare professional as soon as possible about treatment options5
MYTHIt's not COVID-19 unless you've lost your senses of smell and taste.
FACTCOVID-19 can present a range of symptoms—you could even have an asymptomatic case with no noticeable symptoms.2,9
Why is it important to test for COVID‑19? COVID-19 spreads quickly, and you may infect others without knowing.9

Every day matters when it comes to treating COVID-19, so test right away. Current treatment options are most effective when taken as soon as symptoms appear and you have a positive test result.4,5
You should get tested as soon as you begin to experience symptoms or within 5 days of a known COVID-19 exposure.
You can check if you have COVID-19 using a rapid or PCR test.3

For more information about local testing options, please visit <local link>
MYTHYou only need to be tested for COVID-19 if you’re experiencing symptoms.
FACTThe CDC recommends getting tested within 5 days of possible exposure to COVID-19, even if you don't have symptoms.3
What do COVID-19 treatments do? Treatment options have been developed to help patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 and reduce your chances of hospitalisation and, potentially, death from severe symptoms.5

COVID-19 treatments are most effective when started as soon as possible after you test positive. You don’t have to wait until your symptoms get worse—you should begin treatment when you have mild-to-moderate symptoms.5
Could treatment be right for you? Treatment options may be available if you are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and test positive. So if you do test positive, talk to your healthcare professional right away and ask if one may be right for you.5

When talking to your healthcare professional about COVID-19 treatment options, consider and discuss the following:
  • Whether you have factors that could put you at risk for progressing to severe COVID-191
  • What kinds of treatments are available5
  • What other medications you are currently taking5

Keep a list of your current medications to share with your healthcare professional when considering COVID-19 treatment options.5

Speak with your healthcare professional to see if you may be eligible for treatment options.5
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MYTHIf you get sick with COVID-19, there’s nothing you can do but wait out your symptoms.
FACTTreatment options may be right for you if you test positive for COVID-19 and are at high risk for progressing to severe illness.5
Here are some resources that may be helpfulCreate your plan to act fast before you get sick with our simple 3-step COVID-19 Action PlanLoading
Where to find out if you’re at high risk for progressing to severe COVID‑19:

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Where to get tested:

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Treatment eligibility and availability:

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References: 1. People with certain medical conditions. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Updated May 2, 2022. Accessed August 18, 2022. Symptoms of COVID-19. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Updated August 11, 2022. Accessed August 18, 2022. COVID-19 testing: what you need to know. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Updated August 11, 2022. Accessed August 18, 2022. Bestetti R, Furlan-Daniel R, Silva V. Pharmacological treatment of patients with mild to moderate COVID-19: A comprehensive review. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021;18(13):7212. 5. COVID-19 treatments and medications. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Updated August 5, 2022. Accessed August 18, 2022. Guan W-J, Liang W-H, Shi Y, et al. Chronic respiratory diseases and the outcomes of COVID-19: A nationwide retrospective cohort study of 39,420 cases. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2021;9(7):2645-2655.e14. 7. Clark A, Jit M, Warren-Gash C, et al. Global, regional, and national estimates of the population at increased risk of severe COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions in 2020: a modelling study. Lancet Glob Health. 2020;8(8):1003-1017. 8. Pekosz A, Parvu V, Li M, et al. Antigen-based testing but not real-time polymerase chain reaction correlates with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 viral culture. Clin Infect Dis. 2021;73(9):e2861-e2866. 9. Bar-On YM, Flamholz A, Phillips R, Milo R. SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) by the numbers. eLife. 2020;9:e57309.
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