There are concerns that people living alone with worsening symptoms of Covid-19 may not seek medical help early enough when they enter the more serious second phase of the virus, which could reduce their chances of survival. .
the NHS does not have an appropriate surveillance system for people suspected of having a coronavirus, said Dr. Bharat Pankhania, clinical lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Exeter.
“If a patient develops pneumonia, it can progressively worsen very quickly and, therefore, early admission at the first sign of breathing difficulties is very important,” he said.
“It is important for people who are recovering at home that a surveillance system is also in place. Something that we have so far not introduced. “
There is a danger that people will only come to the hospital when their symptoms are very severe, with an increased risk of ending up in intensive care and dying, he said.
the early symptoms mild illnesses include persistent dry cough, increased temperature and shortness of breath. The advice to anyone with these symptoms is to isolate yourself at home. They are not told to inform the health service.
Most people recover within a week, but if their symptoms worsen or if they still have a high temperature at the end of this period, the instruction is to fill out a form on the NHS 111s coronavirus website ‘they can – and call NHS 111 only if they can’t do it. Depending on their answers, they can get a doctor’s visit or be hospitalized.
Covid-19 is reported to be mild to moderate in 80% of people, but can cause viral pneumonia. In the most severe cases, the immune system fighting the virus overreacts. If that happens, what’s called a cytokine storm attacks their organs. The individual will need ventilation in the hospital to catch their breath and possibly mechanical support for their heart, liver or kidneys.
People with symptoms at home will not receive medical help unless they ask for it, unlike some other countries, which test people with symptoms and monitor them at home.