What is Coronovirus?
Coronovirus also called SARS-CoV-2 is a highly infectious virus responsible for the disease known as COVID 19.
This virus is transmitted via droplet transmission which occurs through coughing/sneezing/exhaling or by touching an object where these droplets have fallen onto.
What are the symptoms of COVID 19?
- Shortness of breath
- Fever (≥380C)
- Loss of taste (ageusia)
- Distorted taste (dysgeusia)
- Loss of smell (anosmia)
Among those who develop symptoms, most (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing hospital treatment. About 15% become seriously ill and require oxygen and 5% become critically ill and need intensive care.
The time from exposure to COVID-19 to the moment when symptoms begin is, on average, 5-6 days and can range from 1-14 days. This is why people who have been exposed to the virus are advised to remain at home and stay away from others, for 14 days, in order to prevent the spread of the virus,
What are potential complications of COVID 19?
- Respiratory failure
- Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
- Sepsis and septic shock
- Multiorgan failure
Who is most at risk of this virus?
- People aged 60 years and over
- Those with underlying medical problems such as
- high blood pressure
- heart and lung problems
However, ANYONE can get sick with COVID-19 and become seriously ill at any age.
What to do if I think I have these symptoms?
Self isolate immediately.
Phone our surgery (04752323), Doctor on Call 6pm – 8 am (1850 777 911) or Ambulance service if acutely unwell (999/112)
If you require testing you must self isolate ( https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/guidance/selfisolationathome/Self-isolation%20leaflet.pdf ) and your household members must restrict their movements also (https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/managing-coronavirus-at-home/if-you-live-with-someone-who-has-coronavirus.html ).
If test is NEGATIVE – continue to self isolate until symptom free for 48 hours and no temperature >38 degrees for 5 days. Family members no longer required to self isolate but must monitor for development of any symptoms and promptly report these.
If test is POSITIVE – self isolate for ten days. Family members must restrict their movements for 14 days.
If you are unable to safely isolate in the home house eg parent or young child has COVID 19, then all family members must restrict their movements for 17 days.
What about Close Contacts?
If you test POSITIVE you will be asked to record all names and contact numbers of those you have been in contact with under 2 metres for more than 15 minutes within the preceding 48 hours. These details will be requested by Public Health when they contact you.
If you are a close contact of a POSITIVE case you will be contacted by Public Health. You must restrict your movements for 14 days from the time of your last contact.
What about work/school?
You must not go to work/school if you develop symptoms. Phone your GP to discuss any concerns.
Social welfare is available to anyone advised to self isolate due to COVID 19 or presumed COVID 19
Updated guidance for school attendance/non attendance is available here (https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/algorithms/Isolation%20quick%20guide%20u13s.pdf)
If there is a positive case in school / creche, Public Health will liase with your school or creche and advise on isolation/testing measures if indicated.
What if I have been abroad / need to travel abroad?
If you have been abroad or plan to travel abroad you will need to consult the most up to date travel guidance as you may be required to undergo testing and / or isolation for 14 days upon return to Ireland ( https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/coronavirus/general-covid-19-travel-advisory/ )
If you need to travel abroad you may be required to arrange COVID 19 testing prior to departure, this will have to be arranged privately by yourself.