Last update 07.05.2020
The most common symptoms of the Covid-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus are signs of a respiratory disease (fever, cough, sore throat, and difficulty breathing). These symptoms are usually mild and develop gradually. Some people can get infected and yet not show any signs of the disease. Most people (around 80%) recover from the disease without the need of hospitalisation. Roughly 1 person in every 6 people who become infected with Covid-19 experiences a severe course of the disease, developing severe fever and serious breathing problems. Older people and persons with medical problems such as high blood pressure, heart problems, or diabetes are more likely to develop a more severe condition.
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19
Contact your GP via phone for instructions on further treatment. When contacting your GP, you must provide as accurate information as possible about your medical condition and you must follow all of the instructions given by your doctor.
! Under no circumstance should you go to a medical institution without notifying them via phone beforehand.
If your condition is getting worse
If your symptoms become severe (very high temperature, severe cough, shortness of breath), call the State Emergency Medical Service immediately at 113.
! Also in this circumstance, do not go to a medical institution without notifying them via phone beforehand.
The course of treatment
This disease is caused by a virus, meaning that there is no specific treatment for it and that it is treated like any other virus -- based on the patient's clinical condition. Your doctor will assess your condition and decide what measures are appropriate for relieving and reducing your symptoms.
Antibiotics do not have any effect on the new coronavirus; however, they can be used if other bacterial infections have developed. This will be decided by the doctor! The use of any medicine must be coordinated with your GP, in order to reduce the risk of possible side effects and complications. The duration of treatment depends on the severity and course of the disease.
Any contact with persons over 60 years of age and/or treating chronic diseases (e.g. hypertension, cardiac disorders, diabetes, etc.) must be avoided whilst under the treatment and regimen prescribed by your doctor.
The patient is confirmed as healthy after the clinical symptoms have disappeared and if repeated testing for coronavirus is negative (the GP applies the patient for the test).
The provision of health care is limited during the state of emergency. Find out under what conditions and which health care services are still being provided here and on the website of the Ministry of Health.