The coronavirus has had a devastating impact on the world as we know it. It’s a very infectious virus and it can be compared to MERS and SARS. The coronavirus is commonly found in animals that range from cattle to camels, cats and bats. A lot of people who contracted Covid-19 originally worked with the seafood or live animal market, but now even those who have had no contact with animal markets are coming down with the illness.
How to Recognise Covid-19
Some of the main symptoms of the coronavirus is fever, breathlessness and a persistent cough. If the virus gets progressively worse then this can lead to kidney failure, pneumonia and death. Symptoms can appear in as little as 2 days, but they can take up to 14 days to start really showing. If you feel ill and you aren’t sure what to do, then you need to stay at home and self-isolate.
Protection for Expats
If you want to protect yourself, then you need to wash your hands on a regular basis. You need to do this on a regular basis with soap and water. If you do not have any soap then you need to try and use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. It’s also a good idea to not touch your nose, mouth and eyes. Stay away from other people at all times, especially if you are in Europe. Using a facemask in infectious zones may also be an idea, but experts have said that the masks might not be as effective if they are used outside of a hospital setting. Quarantining with family members may be required depending on the country of residence. You can use your overseas pension to cover you during this time.
There doesn’t look to be a treatment for Covid-19 right now and scientists across the world are working hard to try and come up with something. Australian scientists have been able to map the virus and they are working on developing a test which will detect the virus before any of the symptoms develop. If you suspect that you are infected, then you need to try and self-isolate. If your symptoms get progressively worse then don’t just show up at a hospital. Instead, call your local health service. When you do this, you will then be told whether or not you require treatment.
Your Coverage as an Expat
If you do fall sick from illness, then you have to make sure that you get the right health coverage. If you don’t then you may find that you end up compromising your health and that you also end up spending way more than you should on health care. If you want to stop this from becoming an issue then make sure that you sign up with the right health authority and that you make it known that you are an expat. If you get registered properly then there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to access the right healthcare.
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