Coronavirus, officially named as Covid-19 by WHO, is a disease caused by a new virus circulating in animals which has the capability of transmitting between animals and humans. The virus causes a respiratory illness with symptoms such as cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. Doctors also reported that Covid-19 symptoms can appear late, which are often referred to as asymptomatic cases.
The spread of coronavirus can move relatively quickly from person-to-person through direct contact. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. Given how it easily spreads, someone who is exposed and/or has the symptoms of Covid-19 are encouraged to isolate themselves for up to 14 days and seek medical advice when the symptoms are getting worse. Self-isolation should be strictly conducted, especially if you are living with family or other relatives.
According to the CDC, not all patients with Covid-19 will require medical support care. However, seeking medical advice is encouraged. Clinical management for hospitalised patients with Covid-19 is focused on supportive care and complications, including advanced organ support for respiratory failure, septic shock, and multi-organ failure.
In addition, patients whose clinical presentation warrants in-patient clinical management for supportive medical care should be admitted to the hospital under appropriate isolation precautions. This decision will depend not only on the clinical presentation, but also on the patient’s ability to engage in monitoring, the ability for safe isolation at home, and the risk of transmission in the patient’s home environment.
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If you are someone who develops symptoms including high temperature, cough, and breathing difficulties, contact the health care provider immediately. The healthcare provider will instruct whether you need care at home or care at the hospital. Commonly, a healthcare provider will instruct a strict self-isolation at home with the below considerations:
After calling the healthcare provider, tell your employer as immediately as possible that you develop Covid-19 symptoms or might expose to the virus due to care for someone who develops the symptoms. Generally, you will be encouraged to take Sick Pay and no need to provide a sick note if you are off work due to coronavirus. Instead, your employer could affirm your sickness by calling emergency call services.