The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical advice.
Current advice for testing depends on the stage of the outbreak in the country or area where you live. Testing approaches will be adapted to the situation at national and local level. National authorities may decide to test only subgroups of suspected cases based on the national capacity to test, the availability of necessary equipment for testing, the level of community transmission of COVID-19, or other criteria. As a resource conscious approach, ECDC has suggested that national authorities may consider prioritizing testing in the following groups:
Results usually come within 24 hours after testing begins in the lab.
Unavailable in Lebanon so far
If you have a fever and at least one respiratory symptom OR two respiratory symptoms and risk factors (Severe symptoms, age>50, Chronic diseases, immunocompromised, undergoing chemotherapy, contact or travel history.) Attach algorithm
If you have a fever and at least one respiratory symptom AND no risk factors (Severe symptoms, age>50, Chronic diseases, immunocompromised, undergoing chemotherapy, contact or travel history.)
Refer to list of hospitals for testing
In public hospital, no. In private hospitals 150,000 LL.
The patient should be tested negative twice in order to be deemed coronavirus free.