The MOH has made a significant attempt in clarifying the situation with regards this 'pandemic'. So thank you, MOH.
For those who are still confused, I have tried to summarize the current understanding and to give a simplified common sense layman approach if you get any 'flu-like symptoms' below:
a] This is a new strain of an old 'flu' virus. It spreads pretty easily but at the moment does not seem to be 'dangerous' other than to some 'high risk people. These high risk people are:
- pregnant women
- patients who have immunological deficiences such as on steroids, on cancer treatments etc
- patients on dialysis
- very young children less than 1 year old
b] If you have runny nose, sore throat and even a cough, but no fever, just stay away from people and wear a mask. Take the usual cough/cold medications. If you need and MC, go see any GP.
c] If you have runny nose, sore throat, cough plus fever and or body aches etc, these would be considered a flu-like disease (what the MOH calls 'influenza like illness') and you are not in the high risk groups of people, this would probably not progress more than the usual seasonal flu. Stay away from people wear a mask, go to your GP and get an MC until you are better (probably 5-7 days).
d] If you have flu-like disease(as in [c]) and are very sick, as in weak, breathlessless etc... best you call 993 or just go to one of those PPC (Pandemic Preparedness Clinics). They have Tamiflu to issue, and if you need to be hospitalized, they will know what to do.
e] If you or your relatives are in the high risk group and who have flu-like disease, it is best you go to one of the PPCs where the doctor there can assess if treatment with Tamiflu is required. You can call 993, if you are very ill.
5 years ago