Guide in times of pandemic: What if I get sick?

sick coronavirus what to do

Another danger of this pandemic is that you are almost 'forbidden' to get sick. The reason is that many hospitals are totally saturated by the number of SARS-CoV-2 patients being treated. This has a double negative consequence. On the one hand, it makes it more dangerous to go to health centers and hospitals, since it is easier for you to get infected. And on the other hand, being so saturated the attention you receive will not be the same as what you could have in other circumstances.

And that implies any type of illness or health problem, not just those related to Covid-19. In fact, there has been a small increase in deaths not related to the coronavirus at this time. The reason is the saturation of the hospitals that have meant that some cases that could be positively resolved in other cases, have now been able to lead to certain complications.

However, if you have any kind of considerable problem, you should not neglect it and avoid going to health centers. An alarming decrease in medical appointments has also been seen in patients even with severe pathologies such as the heart, etc., because they are afraid to go to hospitals because they believe they can be infected. The truth is that the toilets have enabled clean areas separate from the "dirty" ones where coronavirus patients are treated in order to reduce possible infections.

Others want to stay at home as long as possible to avoid collapsing hospitals further. And doubts arise as to whether what they suffer is important enough to attend or not. All those doubts should be clarified with this guide.

Know if I should call XNUMX

Ambulance, emergencies

Here it would be differentiate between various situations to be able to evaluate whether or not you should call the emergency room in case you find any type of symptoms:

  • Coronavirus symptoms: If you have symptoms compatible with a SARS-CoV-2 infection, such as cough, fever, sore throat, diarrhea, or difficulty breathing, the first thing you should evaluate is if it is due to Covid-19 or something different.
    • I am asthmatic or allergic: if you suffer from asthma or allergies, especially now in spring you will feel some compatible symptoms such as difficulty breathing, or respiratory problems. But in no case does it produce a fever. Therefore, it is a determining factor to know if it could be coronavirus or not. Also, if you get worse when you go outside and be more exposed to pollen, then it is allergy safe. Another key is to see if the symptoms subside or improve with antihistamines, since if it is an allergy they will. In case of being allergic you should not call emergencies beyond maintaining your usual routine of care. Sometimes looking up your symptoms online or hypochondria can lead you to think that it is something other than what it really is.
    • Other cases: If you do not have asthma or a diagnosed allergy, it can be from a common cold or flu to other problems. It doesn't have to be Covid-19. However, if you see that the fever increases, that the symptoms do not disappear in two or three days, and are even worse, you should go to a health center so that they can evaluate you.
  • Other symptoms: If the symptoms are mild, such as a temporary headache, you should not go to the emergency room to avoid collapsing them with problems that are not serious. However, if you have other more serious symptoms such as chest pain or tightness, fainting, very severe pain in the abdomen, bleeding, etc., they could be indicating serious problems that need immediate assistance (heart attack, severe infections or tumors, appendicitis,…). If you have any worrisome symptoms, do not hesitate to call the emergency department.

Remember not self-medicate or avoid important medical appointments if you suffer from any serious pathology. Failure to go to the hospital out of fear could have dire consequences.

Phone numbers to call

In each community of Spain it has been enabled one or more phones to call to emergencies for Covid-19 or for emergencies. Remember that when in doubt, if you have symptoms of SARS-CoV-2, you should not call 061 or 112 to avoid congesting those emergency phones. Better call the telephone numbers of your CC.AA. in which they will give you some guidelines or they will assist you in case of suspicion of suffering from coronavirus.

Those phones available are:

  • Andalusia: 955 545 060
  • Aragon-
  • Canary Islands: 900 112 061
  • Cantabria: 112 or 061
  • Castilla Leon: 900 222 000
  • Catalonia-
  • Region of Madrid: 900 102 112
  • Foral Community of Navarra: 948 290 290
  • Valencian Community: 900 300 555
  • Estremadura-
  • Galicia-
  • Balearic Islands-
  • The Rioja: 941 298 333
  • Murcia: 900 121 212
  • the Basque Country: 900 203 050
  • Principality of Asturias-

Buying medicines during confinement

medicines, buy app

Go to the usual health center to to be prescribed a medicine It is not a good option, in addition to the fact that in some places this charge has been passed electronically so as not to have to go to a source of contagion. It does not work the same in all communities, although some measures have been approved for the entire country as a contingency plan. In this way, access to prescribed treatments is facilitated with the necessary sanitary guarantees, but without having to go in person.

Measures to make the supply of medicines more flexible in each CC.AA. it would look like this:

  • Andalusia: SAS has also facilitated the collection of medicines through its Salud Responde app. From there you can do everything from managing appointments, renewing prescriptions, and even getting information about SARS-CoV-2.
  • Aragon: it has also been decided on the long-term treatments of 90 days through electronic prescription.
  • Balearics: It has a double path, one would be to withdraw the treatment in advance with 15 days in the pharmacy or automatic extension of 2 months for chronically ill patients.
  • Cantabria: eliminates the need for a prescription or treatment sheet to pick up the medication from the pharmacy, instead doing it with an electronic prescription with the health card and a PIN.
  • Catalonia: they lengthen the therapeutic plans in chronic patients to avoid having to go to the prescription more frequently.
  • Castilla y Leon: has a new procedure to avoid contacts and infections similar to the previous ones.
  • Region of Madrid: in this case they have also opted for prescriptions for 90 days in chronic cases that need the same long-term treatment.

Also, you should know that many pharmacies have started the delivery of medicines at home so that people do not have to move. This is especially important for the elderly or people who have mobility problems and who are alone at this time. An example of this type of service is the Pharmacius app that you can download for free on Google Play for Android and thus buy what you need.

Telematic medical assistance

telematic medical assistance


Apart from the recipes, you are probably wondering about a possible fully telematic medical assistance. More and more private insurances admit this type of virtual appointments that avoid the patient having to travel to the clinic. In this way, from home they can be viewed by video call / phone call and thus "consult" in the most efficient way.

La Spanish Society of Internal Medicine (SEMI) and the Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine (semiFYC) They have joined the # MédicosfrentealCovid initiative of the DKV group to make it possible for all people with this insurance to have clinical advice online in an altruistic way. In their free time or in quarantine they will be able to attend to patients in order to decongest hospital emergencies and reduce infections by Covid-19.

Many platforms and apps are also proliferating where you can find experts such as psychologists and coach who can help you in these hard times via Skype or from the service's app's own channels. So you can have an expert anywhere, when you need it. An example of this is IFeelOnline. If you have lost your job, or a family member at the moment, you can go to this type of telematic assistance to avoid moving.


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