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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

Rabies is a potentially fatal disease caused by bites and scratches from infected animals. It is a viral infection which affects the brain and spine causing swelling of both causing damage to the nervous system.

Symptoms

Unlike other illnesses; rabies has a much more delayed onset and symptoms may not appear for several months or even years in some cases. Rabies has non-specific features to begin with as fever, headache and fatigue set in. This can then develop into either ‘furious’ rabies; which causes muscle spasms and is most commonly seen in movies with frothing at the mouth and violent/aggressive behaviour, this leads to a deterioration in condition and death. The other type; dumb rabies is often more lethal as it is misdiagnosed. The first signs are paralysis around the bite; this then travels up the affected limb which leads to respiratory failure and death.

Treatment

There is no specific treatment for rabies. For travellers at risk of exposure to rabies it is highly advised that a pre-exposure vaccine is received. If bitten by an animal considered to have rabies or even potentially to have rabies; the wound should be thoroughly washed with warm water and a mild disinfectant and covered with a bandage and then seek medical help urgently.

Risk

Asia, Africa and Latin America have the highest risk of rabies due to their large population of stray dogs. Travellers to these regions that are going to be living in deprived regions or working with animals should ensure they receive the pre-exposure vaccine before travelling. Risk in Europe and North America comes mainly from foxes, skunks and racoons. Bats are considered to be a rabies threat in all countries. Other animals which may carry rabies are monkeys, jackals and mongoose.

Prevention

The best form of prevention is to avoid contact with wild and domestic animals while travelling:

  • Do not approach animals
  • Avoid picking up animals which look ill or even tame
  • Be careful with litter to avoid attracting stray animals
  • Be aware that running and cycling can attract animals such as dogs.

Immunisation

The rabies vaccine is recommended for those at risk of the disease e.g. lab workers, zoo workers, animal carers and those living in areas with a high number of rabid creatures. The primary course consists of 3 vaccinations given over the period of a month at £50 per vaccine. If you would like more information on the vaccination courses available or boosters please contact our pharmacy team on 02089021328.

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