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"Concerns" over return of covid symptoms

Thursday 16 July 2020

"Concerns" over return of covid symptoms

GPs in Guernsey have noticed more patients with symptoms that could be associated with covid-19 and, although all have tested negative so far, Public Health is reminding people of what to look out for.

Symptoms of the virus can include a fever, muscle ache, headaches, loss of smell or taste, a continuous new cough, sore throat and shortness of breath.

"I am concerned that there are reports from Primary Care that GPs are noticing more patients with symptoms that could be associated with covid-19," said Director of Public Health, Dr Nicola Brink. "This is a change from previous observations. All have tested covid-19 negative so far, but we can't be complacent.

"It is important to stress that these symptoms could be associated with many other viral conditions and we still have no known positive cases on island. However, I would urge islanders to be vigilant and to arrange for a covid-19 swab if they have any of the symptoms. It is also essential that they self isolate at home until they receive a negative covid-19 result."

Dr Nicola Brink

Pictured: Dr Nicola Brink.

A local GP added: "We would like anyone with a recent onset cough, sore throat, fever, muscle aches, loss of sense of smell or taste and other symptoms associated with covid-19 to self isolate at home and arrange a swab.

"This could be via the covid-19 helpline if the person does not require a doctor's examination, or otherwise by phoning for an appointment with their GP. Please inform the telephonist at the practice that you have these symptoms so an appropriate appointment slot can be made.

"It is just as important now, in Phase Five of the pandemic, as it has been in the past months, not to go to work, shops or socialise until covid-19 has been ruled out."

Elderly people have been known to present symptoms in a slightly different way, often just not quite feeling themselves with loose stools, a mild fever and a cough presenting later on.

"I really want people to come forward for testing if they have any of these symptoms, no matter how mild," added Dr Brink.

The clinical helpline can be contacted on 756938 or 756969 for advice or to arrange for a test.

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