NEW CORONAVIRUS: THE VADEMECUM WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF DOUBTS

Created by the Ministry of Health with the Higher Institute of Health and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the handbook responds to the most frequent doubts and concerns and accompanies recommendations for prevention . (updated on March 10, 2020)

1. What are the symptoms I need to watch out for?
Fever and flu-like symptoms such as cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, pain in the muscles, tiredness are signs of a possible new coronavirus infection.

2. I have a fever and / or flu symptoms, what should I do?
Stay indoors and call your family doctor, pediatrician or medical guard.

3. How long does it take to call the doctor?
Immediately. If you think you are infected, call as soon as you feel the symptoms of respiratory infection, explaining the symptoms and contacts at risk.

4. I can't contact my family doctor, what should I do?
Call one of the emergency numbers listed on the site www.salute.gov.it/nuovocoronavirus

5. Can I go directly to the emergency room or to my family doctor?
No. If you go to the emergency room or go to an outpatient clinic without first agreeing with your doctor, you could infect other people.

6. How can I protect my family members?
Always follow personal hygiene behaviors (wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based gel) and keep the environment clean. If you think you are infected, wear a surgical mask, stay away from your family and often disinfect everyday objects.

7. Where can I take the test?
The tests are performed only in selected National Health Service laboratories. If your doctor thinks a test is needed, he will give you directions on how to proceed.

8. Where can I find other reliable information?
Follow only the specific and updated indications of official websites, local authorities and Civil Protection.

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