What to do if you show symptoms of cronoa infection:
- Possible symptoms of the coronavirus are: coughing, tiredness, fever, head and muscle pain
- Currently everybody with a corona like complaint can be tested. This is done by the local public healtservice (GGD). You can call 0800-1202 for a test appointment.
- You can call us any time for questions about complaints or the virus.
- Outside opening hours, you can contact the central doctorservise at 088-0030600.
- For more information and the most current situation you can click the following links:
- https://www.ggd.amsterdam.nl/infectie Diseases/infectie Diseases/infectie Diseases/nieuw-coronavirus/
Below you will find a short summary with more information about the virus:
- The virus is a so-called corona virus. There are many types. This current virus is a new mutated type (origin from an animal market in Wuhan, China), which is called COVID-19 (corona virus disease 2019)
- A corona virus is a specific type of virus with a certain form and properties. More types of corona viruses are known, but the corona virus that is currently all about is a new type of corona virus. Because it is a new virus, there is no immunity in humans yet, so the virus can spread quickly to large groups of people.
- The COVID-19 virus is transfered by people with symptoms of the disease. The more complaints, the more contagious. People without complaints are less contagious.
- The incubation period is on average 2-7 days, but can take up to 14 days (time between infection and onset of complaints).
- Not everyone becomes (seriously) ill. The vast majority of people experience mild or moderate illness and then become immune. Just like with a normal flu. Only a few people are so sick that they have to be hospitalized. This often concerns the elderly or already sick people with poor defense. The mortality percentage is currently around 2%. That is slightly higher than with a normal flu.
- There is no cure for the virus. Treatment consists of supportive measures in the hospital if necessary, but this is only necessary for seriously ill patients. A vaccine is not yet available.
- The virus is transmitted by very small moisture droplets that are released during coughing and sneezing. The virus can also be transmitted by kissing or embracing. The virus is already harmless for a few minutes outside the body.
- Good hygiene ensures that the virus cannot spread quickly. Advises are:
- cough and sneeze in your elbow
- wash your hands regularly with soap for at least 20 seconds
- desinfect your hands regularly and certainly after washing with alcohol
- do not shake hands and limit kissing or embracing
- wearing a mouthcap in public has limited value