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What to do in case of COVID-19

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What to do in case of COVID-19
What to do in case of COVID-19
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Knowing what to do in cases where you have COVID-19 or if you suspect the infection is very important, not only to keep an eye on the evolution of the disease, but also to take measures to help prevent the transmission of the disease. coronavirus to others close to you, such as family and friends.

If you have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, have a positive test or have been in contact with someone infected, please select your situation to find out what to do:

  • option=b, @block-A1"' > I tested positive for COVID-19.
  • option=c, @block-A1"' > I have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.
  • option=d, @block-A1"' > I've been in contact with positive case.
  • option=f, @block-F1"' > I've had COVID-19, but I still have symptoms.
  • option=e, @block-A1"' > I want to know more information.
  • country=en, @block-B1"}, {"condition":"option=c", "action":">country=en, @block-C1"}, {"condition":"option=d", "action":">country=en, @block-D2"}, {"condition":"option=e", "action":">country=en, @block-E1"}]' > Portugal
  • country=br, @block-B1"}, {"condition":"option=c", "action":">country=br, @block-C1"}, {"condition":"option=d", "action":">country=br, @block-D1"}, {"condition":"option=e", "action":">country=br, @block-E1"}]' >
  • Self-test.
  • Rapid antigen test.
  • RT-PCR.
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    • I have no symptoms.
    • I only have mild symptoms (fever, cough, tiredness, headache, sore throat, loss of tasteā€¦).
    • I have moderate symptoms (very intense cough, some shortness of breath, excessive tirednessā€¦).
    • I'm really short of breath.
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    • No.
    • I did a self-test
    • I did a rapid antigen test.
    • I did RT-PCR test.
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    • test=0"' > Negative
    • test=1"' > Positive
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    • risk=1, @block-D5"' > I live with the person who tested positive.
    • I have been in direct contact with the positive person (less than 2 meters) for more than 15 minutes and I am a he alth professional or work in an institution for the elderly.
    • risk=0"' > The person who tests positive does not live with me.
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      • Yes.
      • No.

      Your contact is considered high risk. You do not need to isolate yourself, but you must maintain all personal protective measures for 14 days, be aware of the appearance of symptoms and perform a COVID test as soon as possible (rapid test or RT-PCR).If the result of the 1st test is negative, you must repeat the test between the 3rd and 5th day after contact with the positive person.

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    • RT-PCR for COVID-19: when to do it and results

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    Your contact is considered low risk.For this reason, you don't need to do isolation, or perform COVID test. However, you must maintain all individual protection measures (such as wearing a mask and avoiding unnecessary travel) and be aware of the appearance of symptoms in the next 14 days.

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    • Other symptoms.
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    General measures against COVID-19

    Regardless of whether or not a person is infected with COVID-19, there are some general measures that help prevent transmission of the infection and that should be adopted whenever possible. These measurements include:

    • Use a personal protective mask, especially in public places and closed spaces;
    • Maintain social distancing of at least 1 meter;
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water;
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands;
    • Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, using the crook of your elbow or a tissue.

    Also, in case there are symptoms such as headache, cough, sore throat or tiredness it is important to stay at home, as these can be a first sign of COVID-19 infection. Check out other measures you should have at work or in public places.

    Vaccination against COVID-19 is also advised, which in addition to reducing the risk of contagion with the coronavirus, also greatly reduces the chances of developing a serious infection that can be life-threatening. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

    When to get tested for COVID-19

    Testing for COVID-19 is usually indicated after symptoms such as cough, fever, sore throat or tiredness appear, as this is the time when there is less chance of a false-negative result.

    There are 3 types of COVID test that can be done:

    • Self-test: It is only for screening and can be done at home, in a few minutes, to check if the symptoms that present may be COVID-19. This test must be confirmed with an RT-PCR, not diagnostic;
    • Rapid antigen test: recommended after symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 appear and can be done in pharmacies and laboratories, providing results within minutes;
    • RT-PCR: must be performed between the 3rd and 7th day after the onset of symptoms and is considered the standard test for the diagnosis of COVID-19, often serving to confirm the positive test of the other methods.

    A negative result does not guarantee that the person is not infected, since, depending on the day it was done, the viral load in the body can be very low, not being detected. On the contrary, any positive test should be understood as a sign of infection.

    When to start quarantine or isolation

    Quarantine and isolation are two very important measures to prevent the transmission of the virus, so they should be started whenever there is a suspicion of infection, either due to the appearance of symptoms or close contact with another infected person.

    Quarantine is advised for people who are not diagnosed with COVID-19, but who have an increased risk of being infected, such as people who have been in contact with someone infected or who have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. In these cases, the recommendation is that a quarantine period of 10 to 14 days be carried out, which should be started on the day symptoms appear or when you have been in contact with someone positive.

    Isolation is mandatory and must be done by all people who test positive for COVID-19. It should be started immediately on the day of the test and continued for up to 5, 7 or 10 days, depending on the type of symptoms.Learn more about the length of quarantine and isolation.

    For quarantine or isolation, it is recommended to stay at home and not go out to public places. If you live with other people, you should isolate yourself in a room, using common areas only when necessary and wearing a protective mask. Understand better how to quarantine or isolation.

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