When to get help for your Covid symptoms, according to a pharmacist

This is especially true when you, or a child, have a high temperature that is not coming down, said George Sandhu, the Deputy Superintendent Pharmacist at Well Pharmacy.

“It’s particularly important to seek help with your symptoms if you’re at increased risk of getting ill from Covid,” said Sandhu.

High-risk groups include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Aged 60 or over
  • Have a weakened immune system.

“There isn’t one specific thing that should trigger seeking medical attention,” said Sandhu.

That’s why any symptoms that are troubling you warrant a call to NHS 111.

“We’d advise getting your booster jab if you’re eligible to give yourself the best possible protection,” added Sandhu.

Covid symptoms, as listed by the NHS:

  • A high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling tired or exhausted
  • An aching body
  • A headache
  • A sore throat
  • A blocked or runny nose
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhoea
  • Feeling sick or being sick.

The health body suggests seeking help from NHS 111 or requesting an urgent GP appointment if any of the following applies:

  • You’re worried about your or a child’s COVID-19 symptoms or are not sure what to do
  • The symptoms are getting worse or are not getting better
  • You or a child have a high temperature that lasts five days or more or does not come down with paracetamol
  • A child under three months old and has a temperature of 38C or higher, or you think they have a high temperature
  • A child is three to six months old and has a temperature of 39C.

Sometimes there can be other signs of illness that require immediate medical attention.

Sandhu elaborated: “If you or a child have other signs of illness, such as a rash, loss of appetite, or feeling weak you should seek medical advice immediately as this could be a sign of meningitis.”

Many people experience Covid the same way that they would experience a cold or the flu.

Recovery may take a couple of weeks, but some people can take up to 12 weeks to feel back to normal.

Any Covid symptoms lingering for more than 12 weeks is considered to be a sign of long Covid.

The most common symptoms of long Covid include:

  • Extreme tiredness (fatigue)
  • Feeling short of breath
  • Loss of smell
  • Muscle aches.

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