All you need to know about Covid-19

July 14, 2020

What are the symptoms?

The NHS has listed three main symptoms of Covid-19. People should be aware of them and ready to act upon. 

The three symptoms are: 

  • A new, continuous cough 
  • A fever – where your temperature is above 37.8°
  • Loss of taste or smell 

If yourself, or someone you live with has any of these symptoms, Government advice is to stay at home to stop the risk of giving Covid-19 to others. 

On average, it takes five days to start showing Covid-19 symptoms, but some people will get them later. 

When do you need to go to the hospital?

The majority of people recover from Covid-19 after rest and pain relief. The main reason people are in need of hospital treatment is when they experience difficulty breathing. 

However, people should not visit A&E if they are concerned, they have Covid-19 but rather, call 111 or visit the NHS website where guidance is given. 

What happens if you’re admitted to Intensive Care?

Intensive Care units are specialist wards for people who are very ill. Covid-19 patients who are admitted to an Intensive Care unit are provided oxygen support, which can involve using a facemask or a tube inserted into the nose. 

For the more seriously ill patients, the best way to get oxygen into the body is to intubate. This procedure involves air with increased levels of oxygen being pushed into the lungs via a tube inserted into the mouth, nose or small incision in the throat. 

What to do if you have mild symptoms?

If you are presenting with mild symptoms of Covid-19, you should self-isolate for at home for at least seven days. 

You should refrain from visiting A&E and your GP practice as this increases the risk of spreading the virus. 

What tests are being done in the UK?

Covid-19 testing is available to all adults and most children who present with the main symptoms of the virus, a fever, a new continuous cough or a loss of smell or taste. 

In England and Wales, you are able to apply for a home swab test for yourself or anyone in your household, if you or they have symptoms. 

In Scotland and Northern Ireland, any person over the age of five presenting with the Covid-19 symptoms can get tested. 

In order to get testing you can travel to a drive-through testing site, visit a mobile testing unit or get a home testing kit delivered. Furthermore, testing at an NHS facility, such as a hospital, is available for patients and some NHS workers. 

How does the test work?

It involves taking a swab up the nose and the back of the throat, you can do this yourself or someone else can assist. 

Another test available is the anti-body test. This test involves having a blood sample taken which then indicates past exposure to Covid-19.

Why is testing important?

Testing has become essential due to the contact-tracing systems which are now in place in across the UK. For the contact-tracing system to work effectively, the government needs to be aware of who has had Covid-19 in order to alert people who may have come in contact with the infected person. 

Furthermore, testing can help people return to work and reassure them that it is safe to do so. 

Lastly, testing can allow the health service plan for extra demand as well as inform government decisions around social distancing. 

How can Cavendish Homecare help?

At Cavendish Homecare we understand that coping during this pandemic can be very challenging. However, our experienced, compassionate Registered Mental Health Nurses are here to provide the help and support needed.  

Our Registered Mental Health Nurses are passionate about working with you to develop a unique care plan suited to your needs. Support includes monitoring and controlling symptoms, medication management and working to rebuild self-esteem and confidence.  

We aim to keep up to date with the latest current development and news of COVID-19 Take a read of some of our other blogs on  our COVID-19 Homecare Q+A and read about Live-In Care during COVID-19.

To find out more about how best we can help you in the days and weeks ahead please call us on 0203 008 5210 or email 

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