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What to do when someone shows symptoms of COVID-19

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Symptoms of COVID-19 include

  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Feeling more tired than usual
  • Muscle pain all over
  • Headache
  • Earache
  • Major loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Anyone having one or more of these following symptoms must:

  • Self-isolate and wait for further instructions from the nurse
  • Wash or disinfect hands often
  • Cough and sneeze into sleeve or a paper tissue
  • Not share personal items with others


  • Whomever is available should call by phone or bush radio to the local emergency line, or get to the nearest service for help
  • An identified area of the camp can be used to isolate anyone who may develop COVID-19 symptoms
  • Check temperature of the person who has symptoms and those who live with them
  • When contact is unavoidable, both the isolated person and whomever is less than 2 metres/6 feet away should wear a medical mask; wear mask properly on nose and mouth; some medical masks are included in the bush kit.


Calling for help

Step 1

Assess the situation

If anyone is showing symptoms, immediately isolate them to a designated area of the camp. Everyone should wear a medical mask if anyone is displaying symptoms.

Step 2

Someone needs to follow the protocol for Bush Kit

Fill out the Calling for help form in the Bush Kit and call the emergency number. Numbers can be found at the bottom of this document.

Step 3

When talking to the nurse, provide the name and date of birth of the person who has COVID-19 symptoms, as well as the location of the camp.

Step 4

Wait for instructions from the CMC or PSO

If you don't hear back after 15-20 minutes, call back.


Numbers to call in an emergency

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