What should you do if you feel sick, have symptoms and suspect you may be infected with the coronavirus?
First, call health ministry hotline at #151 and explain your symptoms. You will be asked several questions about your symptoms, age, and if you have been in contact with a sick person. Citizens and residents must provide their civil ID numbers to be followed up.
You will be asked to isolate yourself at home if the symptoms are mild. You should keep track of your symptoms. Wear a mask any time you are interacting with people, wash hands frequently and follow your doctor’s prescribed treatment.
If you have severe symptoms or are elderly, you will be asked to visit the nearest clinic for an examination and possible COVID-19 test.
People with mild symptoms such as fever, cough and tiredness will be asked to stay home and self-isolate as with regular flu. Only people with severe symptoms such as trouble breathing, fever of 39 C or higher, loss of the sense of taste or smell, headache or dizziness, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, inability to wake up or stay awake, or bluish lips or face should seek medical help immediately.
Patients must download the Shlonik app to keep the medical team updated over their health condition.Earlier, Assistant Undersecretary for Technical Affairs at the Ministry of Health Dr Abdul-Rahman Al-Mutairi said in a statement that the results of previous tests demonstrated that the largest percentage of patients showed minor symptoms of the disease, which caused the health system to adapt to new mechanisms and work protocols to give priority to clinical cases. Mutairi affirmed that the ministry has put in place strategies to maintain community health, and this protocol has helped ease some pressure on the health system.