Here at Treated.com, in light of the coronavirus outbreak, we would like to reassure all of our patients and customers that our day-to-day operations are continuing as normal. We are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of the illness, and should there be any change to our service provision, we will inform you immediately.
The emergence of coronavirus has created a lot of anxiety and uncertainty, and it’s continuing to have a widespread impact on peoples’ health.
We’re eager to help our patients wherever we can. For a temporary period, we are offering our new Treated Live video service to patients who are concerned about the virus, whether they have symptoms or are just seeking advice, a 10 minute video consultation with one of our clinicians for £1.
All you need to do to access the service is apply the coupon code CORONA during checkout.
Your £1 fee will be donated to a research fund for COVID-19, and help to support containment, response and recovery measures in view of coronavirus.
What is coronavirus and why is it worse than the flu?
This page contains information on Coronavirus, which is a new illness. Information and guidance on this condition is changing rapidly, so we will work to ensure this page stays as up-to-date as possible. However, for the most up-to-date information on Coronavirus, we recommend you visit the gov.uk website.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness that has recently emerged. It can affect the lungs and airways, and is triggered by a virus called coronavirus.
COVID-19 is worse than the flu because it’s more difficult to contain in comparison. Although coronavirus and the flu are transmitted in similar ways (usually via droplets in the air which stem from a person coughing, sneezing or talking) the incubation period for COVID-19 is much longer, so many people don’t know they’re infected.
As a result, it’s much more challenging to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
People who only have mild symptoms, such as a mild cough and no other indications of the virus, can transmit it to others, says the World Health Organisation (WHO). This means that it becomes hard to distinguish one infected person from another by symptoms.
The fact that COVID-19 is a new illness also makes it more contagious than the flu.
Whereas people have built up a certain level of immunity to the flu through exposure to it, coronavirus only emerged in December 2019, and as such, very few people if any have any immunity to it. We’re therefore more vulnerable to infection.
How can I make sure I don’t get coronavirus?
There are a number of measures that you can take to reduce your risk of contracting the virus. The National Health Service (NHS) offer the following advice:
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently, for at least 20 seconds
- Ensure that you wash your hands when you get to work and return home
- If soap and water are not available, wash your hands with hand sanitiser gel
- Use a tissue (not your hands) to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin as soon as you can and wash your hands afterwards
- Wherever possible, avoid close contact with people who are unwell
The government has also asked people to:
- stay at home and not go outside unless they need to buy essentials, do their daily exercise, have a medical need to do so (such as supporting a vulnerable person) or need to travel to and from work
- work from home wherever they are able to do so
- not gather in public in groups of more than two people
- use phone, services online or apps to get in touch with their GP surgery or other NHS facilities
- not allow visitors to come to their home, including friends and family.
What is self-isolating?
Self-isolating is remaining indoors and avoiding contact with other people, to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
When should I self-isolate?
NHS guidance indicates that people should self-isolate at home if they have either:
- a high temperature (you feel hot to the touch on your chest or back)
- a new, persistent cough (coughing frequently for more than an hour, or 3 or more episodes of coughing in 24 hours). In the event that you typically have a cough, it may be more severe than usual
Public Health England (PHE) state that people who are awaiting a COVID-19 test result, and people who are a close contact of someone who has the virus, should also self-isolate.
PHE also stipulate that any individual who has returned from countries affected by coronavirus since 19 February should call NHS 111, remain indoors, and avoid contact with others, even in the absence of any symptoms.
What should I do if I get symptoms at home?
The NHS state that the following measures can help with symptoms at home, and prevent the illness from spreading:
- Anyone who has symptoms should stay at home for a minimum of 7 days
- If you live with others, they should remain at home for a minimum of 14 days, to prevent spreading the infection outside of the home
- After 14 days, anyone you live with who doesn’t have symptoms can return to their standard routine
- However, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms started (even if that leads to them being at home for longer than 14 days)
- If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has weakened immunity, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days
- If you have to stay at home together, try to avoid each other as much as you can
- If you do not have a high temperature after 7 days, you can go back to your usual routine
- If you continue to have a high temperature after 7 days, you should stay at home until your temperature goes back to normal
- If you continue to have a cough after 7 days, but your temperature is normal, you do not need to remain at home. A cough may persist for several weeks once the infection has cleared
- Aim to make sure that you are at least 2 meters (3 steps) from any other person in your home, especially older people or people with long-term health conditions
- Ask friends, family and delivery services to deliver items such as food shopping and medicines, but avoid any contact with them
- Sleep alone, if you can
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water regularly for a minimum of 20 seconds
- Try to avoid any contact with older people and people with long-term health conditions
- Drink plenty of water and take paracetamol to help with symptoms
- Do not have any visitors, and ask people to deposit deliveries outside
- Refrain from leaving the house (for instance, to go for a walk, to school or other public places)
You should use the NHS online coronavirus 111 service in the following circumstances only:
- You feel that you can’t cope with symptoms at home
- Your condition worsens
- Your symptoms do not improve after 7 days
When should I speak to a doctor?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, in order to protect other people, do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or a hospital.
In the event that you can’t get help online, you should use the 111 online coronavirus service and seek advice from them.
If your risk of getting severely ill with COVID-19 is particularly high, the NHS will get in touch with you from Monday 23 March 2020. You will be given instructions as to what to do. Refrain from making contact with your GP or healthcare team at this stage. They will contact you.
Who is at high risk of getting seriously ill with coronavirus?
You may be particularly susceptible to becoming seriously unwell with COVID-19 if you:
- Have had an organ transplant and are using immunosuppressant medication
- Are undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy
- Have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
- Have a severe chest condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
- Have another serious health condition
Is there a test for coronavirus?
There is testing for COVID-19, but at time of writing, only people in hospital are being routinely tested.
Currently, only individuals who are at greatest risk of becoming seriously unwell with coronavirus are priority cases for testing. People who are experiencing a cough or fever do not generally require testing, at this point in time, and testing is not required if you are staying at home.
Tests are primarily being conducted for the following patient groups:
- All patients who are in critical care for pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) or flu-like illness
- All other patients requiring hospitalisation for pneumonia, ARDS or flu-like illness.
- In cases where there has been an outbreak in a residential or care environment, such as a long-term care facility or prisons
The government is however planning to increase the number of tests from more than 6,000 per day as of mid-March 2020 to 10,000 a day to begin with, with a view to reaching 25,000 tests a day.¹
Is there a vaccine for coronavirus?
There isn’t currently a vaccine available for COVID-19. Senior public health officials in England have estimated that a vaccine will not be publicly available until early 2021, at the very earliest.
Can I still travel when coronavirus is spreading?
The Foreign Office (FCO) recommends that UK nationals refrain from all non-essential international travel. At this point in time, border closures and other travel restrictions are also increasing across the globe. The FCO advice takes immediate effect as of 17 March 2020, for an initial 30-day period.
Will I recover from coronavirus?
Many people with mild symptoms will recover from COVID-19 without treatment. However, people over the age of 70 and those with long-term chronic conditions are at a higher risk of developing complications related to the virus.
If you are in a high-risk category, you should follow all national health guidance to minimise your exposure and susceptibility to the virus.