Coronavirus and health

Cold-like symptoms, fever and shortness of breath are some of the symptoms associated with COVID-19. Anyone who has these or other symptoms associated with COVID‑19 should stay home and get tested for coronavirus.

Symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

The symptoms most commonly associated with COVID-19 are:

  • Cold-like symptoms (such as a runny nose, sneezing and/or a sore throat)
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath or pneumonia
  • An elevated temperature (up to 38 degrees) 
  • A fever (above 38 degrees)
  • A sudden loss of smell or taste (without a blocked nose)

What to do if you think you have coronavirus

  • Stay home if you have any of the symptoms associated with COVID 19.
  • Make an appointment for a coronavirus test
  • Avoid in-person social contact. Don’t have any visitors or visit anyone else, and don’t do any shopping.
  • Call your doctor if your symptoms get worse, if you have a fever above 38 degrees or if you have trouble breathing.

Follow the basic rules even if you’ve already had COVID 19

If you feel better and have not had any symptoms for 24 hours, you are no longer sick.

If you’ve stayed inside for at least 7 days from the time you developed symptoms and have had no symptoms for at least 24 hours, you can no longer infect others. However, you should still follow the rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus. There is always a possibility you could get coronavirus again.

Healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic

Always discuss any medical issues with your family doctor, attending consultant or another health professional. They can tell you what they can do for you during the pandemic, and whether certain types of treatment have had to be postponed.

If you have an appointment with a healthcare provider, check their website or read the letter they sent you to find out what coronavirus measures apply. For example, whether someone can come with you to your appointment. Follow these instructions closely.

More information about COVID-19

More detailed information about coronavirus is available on the website of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

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