Corona virus is a respiratory infection that originated in China and now spreading quickly outside the country than inside. There are more than 80 countries that have been affected with this deadly disease, including the UK.
With further infections these days, read on to know about the practical advice on what to do based on the information from World Health Organization, UK National Health Service (NHS) and Public Health England.
How can you avoid getting the virus?
It is yet unknown how covid19 may spread from one person to the other. However, similar viruses can be transmitted through respiratory droplets such as those produced when an infected person sneezes or coughs.
There are certain things that can be done to lessen the risk of catching it.
According to the NHS, you need to wash hands regularly, cover mouth with a tissue while coughing or sneezing and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth when your hands are not clean.
You need to stay away from public places when advised by the NHS specialist 111online corona virus service or by a medical professional.
There isn’t any evidence that you may catch corona virus from parcels and food. Viruses like covid19 cannot live for a very long time outside your body.
How will you get Corona?
In UK, the chief medical officers have raised the public risk level from low to moderate. However, according to the NHS, the risk to individuals will remain low.
However, there are some areas and countries where you will find greater chances of getting into close contact with someone who has corona virus.
Hence, further advice is provided to the UK travellers including the ones who have returned from those affected areas such as – China, Iran and Italy.
But even when you get it, you will probably experience mild symptoms and recover soon.
According to the scientists, the percentage of people who die from this deadly disease is low which is somewhere between 1% and 2%. Further evidence had suggested those who have died were of old age or had pre-existing conditions.
Having the virus at the early stages and many mild cases that have not been counted till date, the figures are still unbelievable.
How will you know if you suffer from the virus?
The new coronavirus or Covid-19 usually starts with fever which is then followed by dry cough and leads to shortness of breath after a week. However, these symptoms do not mean you are having the illness.
The symptoms are quite similar to other forms of viruses that are very common such as flu and cold.
For severe cases of Covid-19, the infection might be the reason for severe acute respiratory syndrome, pneumonia, kidney failure and death.
Older people and people who have pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and asthma will probably become extremely sick.
What should you do when you experience it?
If you are suffering from corona virus, then it is suggested not to visit a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.
As per the NHS, you have to get in touch with the dedicated 111 online covid19 service that operates in Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and areas of Wales that denote if you are in need of medical help and advise you for what to do next.
You should call up the NHS 111 service in case:
·You are suffering from the deadly virus
· You are in China, Cambodia, Northern Italy, Hong Kong, Japan, Iran, Macau, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand or Vietnam in the past 14 days
· You came into close contact with someone who has been infected with coronavirus
Due to these reasons, you might be asked to stay away from other people. You may even be asked to visit your local health protection team for further private COVID-19 testing in London.
Do you need to get tested and how should you test yourself?
You should get tested for covid19 if you have been to affected areas within a specified time or you came into close contact with someone who is having this disease.
But if health professionals believe you might get corona virus, then you will be asked to visit your local health protection team and directed to the testing centre.
The health professionals will be taking samples which include the following:
- Mucus from your throat, lungs or nose
The samples will be sent to specialist testing laboratories and the results may be provided on the same working day. While you may wait for the results of private blood tests near me, it is advised that you stay at home and follow proper advice related to “self-isolation”.
What should you do when you need to ‘self-isolate’?
You might be asked to stay at home and avoid contact with others when traveling to the affected areas of the world, if you have been in close contact with someone who is suffering from corona virus or are waiting to get the results of blood test near me.
This clearly means you need to:
- Stay at home
- Not go to school, work places or public areas
- Not use public transport like trains, buses or taxis
- Avoid visitors in your house
- Ask family members, friends or delivery services to carry out errands for you – such as getting medication, groceries or other shopping
Make sure any items delivered are left outside, in the porch, or as appropriate for your house.
If you are staying with others, it is suggested to take additional measures to decrease the chances of onward infection like living in a separate room and cleaning shared bathrooms and kitchens regularly.
You may have to do this for almost 14 days to lessen probable spread of this infection.
What will happen when you test positive?
At present, there is no specific treatment for Covid19, but you might receive treatment to ease the symptoms while your body fights the disease.
You will need to stay in isolation away from other people till you are completely recovered.
The work for developing a vaccine is under way and it is expected that there will be human trials before the year comes to an end.
Some hospitals are also now testing anti-viral drugs to know if they will have an impact on your health condition.