COVID-19

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If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, CLICK HERE to book a test. You have the option of ordering a home testing kit, going to a walk in test centre or completing your test at a drive-thru test centre.

Taking the test? watch this video on how to take the COVID-19 test.

Know about COVID-19

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person.
  • The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world.
  • COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness.

COVID-19 Symptoms

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Know how COVID-19 is spread

  • You can become infected by coming into close contact (about 6 feet or two arm lengths) with a person who has COVID-19. COVID-19 is primarily spread from person to person.
  • You can become infected from respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
  • You may also be able to get it by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

  • There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with others.
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol- based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Practice social distancing

  • Buy groceries and medicine, go to the doctor, and complete banking activities online when possible.
  • If you must go in person, stay at least 6 feet away from others and disinfect items you must touch.
  • Get deliveries and takeout, and limit in-person contact as much as possible.

Prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Separate yourself from other people and pets in your home.
  • There is no specific treatment for COVID-19, but you can seek medical care to help relieve your symptoms.
  • If you need medical attention, call ahead.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must self isolate for 10 days.
  • If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, you must also self isolate for 14 days regardless if you are experiencing symptom’s.

Know your risk for severe illness

  • Everyone is at risk of getting COVID-19.
  • Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more severe illness.

Using Drugs/Alcohol during COVID-19

Now is an extra risky time – it is safer not to use.

A weak immune system and drug use can make you more at risk of serious illness.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds – before and after you handle, prepare or take drugs 
  • Use alcohol wipes on surfaces where you prepare drug (you can get these from needle exchanges and / or pharmacies) 
  • Get extra needles and drug paraphernalia to reduce your social contact
  • Carry naloxone in case of overdose, emergency services will be busy and may be slower responding to 999 calls 
  • If you are snorting drugs, crush as finely as possible before use, to reduce the risk of nasal damage/bleeding 
  • Use an unused straw, rolled up post-it or clean piece of paper
  • Look after yourself and look out for others 

What NOT to do

  • Do not share drug paraphernalia like needles, syringes, spoons, tooters, crack pipes 
  • Do not use notes or keys if snorting drugs as they harbour infection
  • Do not pass around or share cigarettes or joints 
  • Avoid physical contact with others if preparing or using drugs 

Further Resources:


Drop-in Centre

Our drop-in centre, at the heart of the community in Sparkbrook, is the focal point for all our activity. Staffed by volunteers and health care professionals, we offer a warm welcome to anyone who is looking for help, advice or support. Just call between 9am and 5pm weekdays. No appointment is necessary.

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