Be on alert for COVID-19 symptoms, donít wait until condition worsens Ė Chief Epidemiologist

Be on alert for COVID-19 symptoms, donít wait until condition worsens Ė Chief Epidemiologist

November 25, 2020   03:40 pm

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A significant number of COVID-19 deaths reported from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda COVID-19 clusters have occurred at home, says Chief Epidemiologist Specialist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera.

He points out that the elderly and individuals with chronic diseases in high-risk areas should be more alert about new illnesses.

“Elderly people in high-risk areas and people with chronic illnesses need to seek medical attention immediately if they develop any new symptoms. It can be a fever, cough, cold, sore throat, or difficulty in breathing.

It could also be symptoms such as weakness, loss of appetite, or inability to taste or smell. If such a condition persists, seek medical attention immediately. Alternatively, you can call 1999 for advice.

Do not wait until such a condition worsens. Since the identification of the COVID-19 clusters in Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda on October 4, a significant number of the 81 COVID-19 related deaths have occurred at home.”

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