At the outset, places of concern included: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Iran, Italy, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam & Tenerife. However, in view of the recent exponential spread of the virus globally, the Ministry of Public Health and the Gibraltar Health Authority have taken the clinical decision to increase measures for screening. This has been done based on the fact that COVID-19 is already here, and it is therefore necessary to screen anyone reporting relevant symptoms.
Systems are currently focused on slowing spread of the virus (you may hear references to flattening the curve).
Please do not panic.
For the majority of us, contracting COVID-19 will produce familiar symptoms of the common cold or flu. Those who are vulnerable, particularly the older population, may require additional healthcare support for their symptoms. There is no medication or vaccine to treat COVID-19 yet, so additional treatments for symptoms will include respiratory aids (such as oxygen therapy or ventilators).
Latest guidance indicates that the most vulnerable group are those aged over 70.
The most important thing is to STAY HOME if you suspect you are unwell, to protect yourself from further infection and to prevent spread infection to others.
If you have flu-type symptoms (including a fever, new cough or shortness of breath) try the online self test above or call 111 for guidance.