Discovery COVID-19 Vaccination Navigator
We have created a dedicated portal to support you at every step of your vaccination journey. Your personalised vaccination navigator will help you to.
- Know how to prepare for your COVID-19 vaccination
- Book for your vaccination at a Discovery-managed site near you
- Track where you are in the COVID-19 vaccination rollout
- Create a digital version of your vaccination card for safe keeping
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Listen to what doctors have to say
All medical information found on this website including content, graphics and images, is for education and information objectives only. Discovery publishes content to help to promote a better understand of COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccinations. The content covered is an overview of key concepts and is not exhaustive in nature. We encourage further reading from other credible sources where necessary.
South African organisations:
- National Department of Health's dedicated COVID-19 portal: https://sacoronavirus.co.za/
- National Institute for Communicable Diseases' (part of the National Health Laboratory Service) dedicated COVID-19 hub
- South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAPRHA - part of the National Department of Health).
- South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)
- South African Medical Journal ()
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
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What you need to know about COVID-19
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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.
A novel coronavirus is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, which indicates that person-to-person spread is occurring.
How does the virus spread?
COVID-19 spreads quickly, through:
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Protect yourself and others by making these 6 simple precautions your new habits:
Symptoms of COVID-19
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What are the signs and symptoms to look out for?
The signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are non-specific. This means that the disease presentation or its signs and symptoms can range from asymptomatic people (no obvious signs or symptoms) to those with mild symptoms (like those associated with the common cold), as well as severe respiratory illness (such as pneumonia). In the case of severe or critical illness, the risk of complications increases and the complications can be life threatening.
Typical signs and symptoms
Most common symptoms:
According to the World Health Organization, in more than 80% of all reported cases, fever is the most typical symptom. This is followed by a dry cough (in around 68% of cases), fatigue (38% of cases), producing sputum (33% of cases) and shortness of breath (nearly 19% of reported cases).
Less common symptoms:
Once a person has been exposed to coronavirus, signs and symptoms may start in as little as 2 days or take as long as 14 days.
In most instances, the most obvious signs of infection are mild respiratory symptoms and fever. The time it takes for symptoms to appear is called the 'incubation period'. On average, official reports indicate that signs and symptoms typically develop five to six days after being exposed to the COVID-19 virus. This is often called the 'mean incubation period'. The full incubation period ranges between 1 and 14 days.
COVID-19 risk assessment
You can understand your risk status at any point in time by completing the COVID-19 risk assessment. The assessment is a set of questions which determines if you may be presenting with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 disease or may have been exposed to COVID-19 infection and need a consultation with a doctor. Once you have successfully completed the risk assessment, it unlocks additional funding for screening consultations and tests
LA Health Medical Scheme is taking prudent and proactive steps to ensure members are covered in response to COVID-19.