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The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
  • New continuous cough and/or
  • High temperature
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness If you have coronavirus symptoms:
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home
  • Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home
  • Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
  • Visit NHS 111 Online for more information

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  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
  • If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information
  • If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
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Disease

Cholera is a severe and acute bacterial infection of the small bowel which is caused by eating or drinking food and watercontaminated with faecal matter containing the Vibrio Choleraeorganism. Cholera is found in parts of Asia, Africa, South & Central America and the Middle East.

Symptoms

The symptoms of Cholera can vary between individuals. There is an incubation period of 1-5 days, but symptoms often present within hours of exposure. Some cases may cause no obvious symptoms or only very mild diarrhoea. However in others Cholera can cause sudden, profuse watery diarrhoea which can lead to very rapid fluid loss and dehydration. This severe dehydration can be fatal.

Treatment

Usually if fluids and electrolytes are replaced promptly, the infected individual should make a full recovery.

Risk

The risk to the majority of travellers is low. Those at greatest risk are those travelling to rural areas living in areas of poor sanitation.

  • Humanitarian aid workers
  • Consuming untreated drinking water, or poorly cooked seafood
  • Travellers living in areas of poor sanitation or poverty
  • Long-term travellers in endemic areas

Prevention

For most travellers good food and water hygiene is the best prevention. You should also wash your hands after using the toilet, changing nappies and before cooking or eating.

Food & Water Hygiene: •

Disinfect drinking water by boiling, using water purification tablets or water filtration devices:

  • Water should be boiled for at least one minute.
  • You can buy chemical water purification tablets and water filters from travel clinics and specialist outdoor shops.
  • Avoid ice.
  • Bottled, carbonated drinks, with intact seals and hot drinks made with boiled water are usually safe.
  • Use bottled water or boiled, cooled tap water for brushing your teeth.
  • Never use water from natural sources like rivers, streams or wells.

Try to eat recently prepared, thoroughly cooked, piping hot food:

  • Don’t eat salads or uncooked fruit and vegetables, unless you are sure they have been washed and peeled carefully.
  • Avoid buffets, food from street traders, unpasteurised dairy products and raw or undercooked meat, fish or shellfish.

Immunisation

The vaccine used to prevent Cholera is Dukoral. Unusually Dukoral is an oral vaccine given in a glass of cool water which is given in 2 doses at least a week apart. The final dose of Dukoral should be taken at least one week before potential exposure to Cholera. If you have completed a full course of immunisation, you will be protected for 2 years. After which a booster dose will be required.

You can be vaccinated at our clinic today from only £28 for a single dose. Call 02089021328 for more information.

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