Do you have cold symptoms? Not sure if it’s Covid-19? Check what to do!

The National Health Fund emphasizes never to ignore the symptoms of the disease.

“Even if it seems to you that it is an ordinary cold, you should check it. Perhaps these are the first symptoms of serious diseases: flu or COVID-19

– underlines the Fund.

Several diseases – similar symptoms

Some diseases, especially in the first stage of development, have similar symptoms, so it’s worth checking what’s wrong with you.

You should start with your family doctor and contact the primary health care clinic (POZ). The person in registration must be informed that we suspect a coronavirus infection, are in quarantine or have had contact with an infected person.

The National Health Fund informs that, depending on the state of health, the consultation may take the form of a stationary visit to the GP surgery, teleportation or a doctor’s visit at the patient’s home. If your GP suspects a coronavirus infection, they may refer you for a SARS-CoV-2 detection test.

When the family doctor is not working and we feel bad after 18.00, at the weekend or on a public holiday, then you need to contact the nearest night and holiday health care facility (NiŚOZ).

Also in this case, depending on the state of health, consultation may take the form of: a stationary visit to the clinic, teleportation or a doctor’s visit at the patient’s home. If your doctor suspects you have coronavirus infection, may refer us for a SARS-CoV-2 detection test.

At night, on weekends and public holidays, i.e. outside the working hours of the primary health care clinic, you can also use the First Contact Teleplatform (TPK). TPK is the equivalent of night and holiday health care, but by phone. To use it, you need to call the toll-free number 800-137-200 or complete the online form.

The First Contact Teleplatform is available from Monday to Friday, from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 a.m., and 24 hours a day on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. The doctor on duty on the Teleplatform of First Contact may also refer you for a SARS-CoV-2 detection test.

What to do if you suspect coronavirus infection?

If we suspect a coronavirus infection, we can sign up for the SARS-CoV-2 test ourselves.

The online form consists of several questions, incl. for contacts with people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for symptoms that may indicate a developing disease. The answers will help determine if there is a risk that someone has contracted the coronavirus.

When it turns out that a diagnostic test needs to be performed, you can call a home health care consultant (phone number 22-735-39-40) who will arrange a test or sign up for a smear test online. For this, a Trusted Profile is needed. You can also enroll your child for the coronavirus test.

We can also be referred for a coronavirus test by a doctor who does not have a contract with the National Health Fund, but uses the application. The National Health Fund reminds that at the time of ordering the SARS-CoV-2 virus test, you are left in a quarantined machine. During the quarantine, you must not leave your place of stay. The release from quarantine is granted for the time of travel to the collection point and return to the place of stay.

The Fund states that when it is not possible to get to the swab collection point on your own, a POZ doctor may call us swab ambulance. If you have a referral for a coronavirus detection test, you can do it for free at any smear collection point. There are over 600 of them in the country.

The test result can be checked in the Internet Patient Account (IKP). A positive result means we are infected with the coronavirus. Quarantine automatically turns into isolation. Isolation lasts 10 days from the day of obtaining a positive test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus. The National Health Fund advises you to contact your primary health care physician, who will assess your health and decide on treatment.

A negative result means we are not infected with the coronavirus. A negative result will release you from quarantine. The National Health Fund (NFZ) reminds that the results of the SARS-CoV-2 virus test are also available to the primary health care physician and the laboratory that conducted the smear analysis.

Health monitoring outside the hospital

The fund also reminds that the Home Medical Care program allows us to monitor our health condition when we are sick with COVID-19, but we do not require treatment in a hospital setting.

A pulse oximeter, a small device that measures oxygen saturation, the oxygen level in your blood, is used to monitor your health. Just put them on your finger and connect with a special application that you install on your phone. You can also report the measurement results via the hotline.

The pulse oximeter is obtained free of charge. Persons 55 and older automatically qualify for the program and receive the device by mail. If the patient is not 55 years old yet, he or she can order a pulse oximeter online or thanks to the qualification carried out by a GP.

If our condition suddenly worsens and the situation becomes life or health-threatening, call the emergency number 999 or 112. If we suspect a coronavirus infection or we are infected, we must inform the dispatcher who accepts the report about it.

The National Health Fund would like to remind you that by calling 800-190-590, free of charge and around the clock, you can get all the necessary information about how to deal with coronavirus infection.

The National Health Fund encourages vaccinations against COIVD-19, which protect against the severe course of the disease.

Source:, PAP

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