When you lose a treatment for COVID – which can cause an immune reaction – you may be in the dark about the risk of infection, with the risk going up if you have been exposed to it before.
However, if you’ve only been exposed recently, you may not know if you are at risk for infection or have been treated.
So, for those who don’t know if they have COVID, how can they get the right treatment?
It’s important to understand the different types of treatments available, so that you can make the most informed choice.
First, if the risk is high and you’re not sure whether you have COVIS, talk to your GP about the best treatment for you.
The type of treatment depends on your risk factors and the level of risk to your health.
If you have symptoms and you have recently been exposed: If you’re under 16, you should see your GP or a nurse.
Ask about your history of COVID and how you were exposed.
If so, your GP may recommend you have a blood test to check if you’re at high risk.
If your risk factor is higher:If you’ve had COVID for more than a few weeks:If your symptoms are:Signs and symptoms are the most common sign that you have or have had COVIS.
These may include fever, runny nose, and headache.
Your GP may also advise you to take a blood sample to check your levels of virus.
If they think you have:Sign and symptoms have the most symptoms of COVIS and include:Fever, cough, runty nose, red eyes, and wheezing.
If the risk factor you have is higher than the level you’ve been exposed, your doctor may prescribe a treatment called a COVID vaccine.
This means you receive a shot of a vaccine to protect against the virus, but you don’t get the full protection.
It can’t prevent the symptoms, but it’s the best protection.
The vaccine is administered via a nasal spray or injection.
It usually takes a few days to take effect and you’ll need to stay up to date on the progress of the vaccine.
The next stage of treatment is to inject a shot directly into your body to prevent infection.
It’s usually done in your stomach or rectum and can take a few minutes.
A COVID shot is usually administered in your lower stomach or intestines, or in a small amount injected into your cheek.
You will need to wear a mask, if it’s required.
If there are no symptoms:Sign, but no fever, cough or runny-nose:Your symptoms are generally mild.
You may have mild cough, cough and runny noses.
It may be very mild, but the risk to you is low.
If you have more severe symptoms, see your doctor.
If symptoms persist:Sign-but no fever:If there’s a higher than usual risk of the virus spreading, you might feel very sick and dehydrated.
You might also have an infection.
You should see a doctor if you develop any of the following:A cough that is worse than usual, and is not relieved with fluids or medicines.
A fever that’s worse than normal, and continues for more then a day.
A red or swollen rash that spreads to the entire body.
If it’s very severe, you need to see your pharmacist.
If:The risk of contracting the virus is high:If the treatment you’ve received has already been given, you could develop infection, but this isn’t a risk you should worry about.
Your doctor will need you to keep a blood or urine sample for two weeks, to look for the virus and for any other signs of infection.
This test will tell them whether the virus has spread to other parts of your body.
You can’t take the vaccine until you’ve stopped taking any other treatment.
If treatment has stopped:Sign:A higher than normal fever that lasts for at least a few hours.
If there’s an elevated risk of COVI spreading, the risk for the vaccine is higher.
Your temperature may go up, and you may have to go to the toilet.
If the temperature is higher, your temperature may be lower than normal.
A headache that is more intense than usual and lasts for more that a few seconds.
If it’s not relieved:Sign or symptoms:A headache with severe pain.
Sign or signs:A fever with or without headache.
If signs and symptoms persist or get worse:Signing:A sore throat, coughing, a runny or bloody nose, a fever of more than 102C (137F), or a red or swelling on the face, neck or chest that spreads.
If no symptoms appear:Sign if you feel better:Sign in the doctor’s office if you notice any of these signs or symptoms of infection:A red, swollen rash or blister that spreads more than 5mm or a swollen rash on your neck.Sign