Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a coronavirus.

COVID-19 was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. COVID-19 is caused by the virus Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), a virus in humans that causes respiratory illness which can be spread from person-to-person.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads, to get vaccinated when it’s your turn and to follow local guidance on COVID-19.

This page is your one-stop shop for all information and resources regarding COVID-19 and St Helena. Use the below buttons to navigate through the various topics from travel advice, to testing, to evidence and statistics. You can also access our Coronavirus Q&A where you will find the latest up-to-date factual information which will hopefully answer any questions you might have.