The number of Corona (COVID-19) cases has skyrocketed worldwide and you must be concerned about your health, especially when you are not feeling well. You are unlikely to have contracted it unless you have been in close contact with an infected person or have traveled to an area where the disease is common. You can still get tested for the virus. If you think you may have been in contact with the coronavirus, go to your doctor and ask for an assessment. If he also thinks that you belong to the risk group, then he will test you for Corona.
Table of Contents
- 1 Evidence for the need for a test
- 2 The test
Evidence for the need for a test
Do you have a fever?
Most people who tested positive for COVID-19 had 14a fever, which is an elevated body temperature. The average body temperature is 37 °C, but your normal body temperature may be slightly higher or lower. The most reliable way to tell if you have a fever is to use a thermometer, but you can also look for symptoms such as sweating, chills, muscle aches, weakness, or dehydration. As an adult, you should contact your doctor immediately if your body temperature is above 39°C. For infants up to three months old, you should call your pediatrician if the body temperature rises above 38°C. In children between the ages of six and 24 months, a body temperature above 39°C is a cause for concern. For children over the age of two, you should contact your doctor if the fever lasts longer than three days or the child has severe symptoms.
Watch for signs of respiratory illness.
The most common symptoms of the coronavirus are coughing and difficulty breathing. Other symptoms include nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat and fatigue. Because these symptoms can have many other causes as well, don’t panic just because you have them.
Did you know? About 80% of COVID19 cases are so mild that they do not require special treatment. However, if you are older or have a medical condition, such as heart problems, diabetes, or high blood pressure, then your risk of getting worse is higher.
Are you at high risk?
In Germany, the risk of contracting COVID-19 is currently low, unless you have traveled to a risk area or have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with the corona virus. Even if you meet one of these two criteria, you are not infected if you have not shown any symptoms within 14 days. China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea are particularly affected by COVID-19.
Have you been in contact with other illnesses?
Just because you’re sick doesn’t necessarily mean you have the coronavirus. If you don’t have a known case of COVID-19 in your area and you haven’t traveled recently, then you probably have a cold or the flu. If you have a colleague who has previously tested positive for the common cold, then you are more likely to have that than COVID-19.
Call the doctor if you think you have COVID-19.
If you have trouble breathing, a fever, or think you may have been exposed to the coronavirus, call your doctor and say you want to come. If you call ahead, your doctor and staff will be alerted and can take steps to ensure you don’t infect anyone. Also, they can tell you how to proceed. Your doctor can test you for the coronavirus with the help of a laboratory. He will arrange for the necessary test and pass it on to the laboratory.
Do what your doctor tells you.
He will take the necessary samples and forward them to the laboratory. However, health insurance in Germany only covers the costs if your doctor thinks the test is necessary. trust your doctor He can tell you if a test is necessary. There are no specific instructions on how to behave before the test.
Get a swab from your nose and throat.
The first samples for the corona virus are taken from the nose and throat by swabs. Hold as still as possible while the doctor collects the samples with a swab. He’ll need to hold the swab against the bridge of your nose and throat for 5-10 seconds, which can be a bit uncomfortable.
Provide a sputum sample if requested.
If you have a sputum cough, the lab will need a sputum sample. For this sample, first rinse your mouth with water and then cough up a sample of sputum into a sterile container. In rare cases, such as when you are having a very hard time breathing, a saline solution will be sprayed into your lungs so you can provide a sample of sputum. This is rare in people with mild symptoms.
Wait for the test results.
Once you have submitted the necessary samples, the lab will test them. The results will be communicated to you as soon as possible. Samples may be tested a second time if the first was positive. If it is apparent that you have another illness, then Corona will be excluded immediately.
Follow your doctor’s instructions if the test is positive.
There is currently no treatment and no cure for Corona. Your doctor may have a recommendation on how to relieve symptoms or prevent them from getting worse. Follow his instructions. If your symptoms get worse, such as having trouble breathing, you may be taken to the hospital for intensive treatment.
Don’t spread the virus.
If you are ill, stay at home (except for doctor visits) and isolate yourself in a separate room from relatives. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then throw the tissue away. Wash your hands often with soap and water. Disinfect the surfaces in your home so you don’t infect others. If you are sick, wear a face mask to avoid spreading the virus to others. Don’t rely on the mouthguard to protect yourself when you’re healthy.
Warning: Until people know more about COVID-19, you should avoid your pets if you are infected, just in case the virus is also transmissible from humans to animals.