I seem to have been in contact with a coronavirus patient. What to do?

Simple recommendations in case of increased risk of the disease.

Check for symptoms

According to who, the symptoms COVID-19 coronavirus infections are the same as with many SARSs: dry cough, high fever, difficulty breathing, sore throat, weakness and malaise. Nausea and vomiting, headache, diarrhea and nasal congestion are less common. If you have any of these symptoms, especially a dry cough with fever and shortness of breath, then there really is a risk of COVID-19.

Call an ambulance

If coronavirus symptoms are present, seek medical attention. Even if it seems to you that this is a common cold, you should notify about the disturbing symptoms of your local doctor, who can be called to your house by contacting your clinic or by phone number 112 or 103.

The decision on the need for analysis for coronavirus is made by the doctor. For research, a swab from the nose and / or oropharynx is taken. Self-test for coronavirus is not provided. The survey is free.

For advice on symptoms or other issues related to the disease, you can call the general coronavirus information hotline at 8-800-2000-112.

Watch your condition

Depending on the symptoms and your well-being, the healthcare provider may leave you at home for treatment or send you to a hospital. In the first case, it is important to monitor the state of your health and, if it worsens, seek help again.

In no case do not self-medicate and do not take drugs that you have not been prescribed.

Try to isolate yourself

The duration of the disease is usually two weeks. In severe cases, from 3 to 6 weeks. If you decide on home treatment for coronavirus, you should not leave home. If you live alone, ask friends or acquaintances to bring you all the necessary products and other goods that may be required. You need to transfer them without direct contact – let them leave them under the door.

If you do not live alone, then to protect loved ones you need to isolate yourself in a separate room and try not to contact anyone. Especially with those over 60 years old, as they are at high risk . By the way, all households will also have to undergo an examination and, most likely, also do not leave the house.

At home, you need to replace all towels in the bathroom and in the kitchen. Each member of the family should have his personal towel. The same applies to dishes and personal care products. Ventilate the room frequently. Keep clean and wash and disinfect surfaces with household detergents as often as possible .

Don’t panic

Even if you are sure that you have a coronavirus infection, do not panic. Remember that in the vast majority of cases, the disease goes away without noticeable complications with mild signs of infection. Do not neglect preventive measures, wear a mask , continue to wash your hands thoroughly and maintain isolation.

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