10/11/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/10/2021 20:09
While Saudi Arabia has largely aced the pandemic response, the ministry reaffirmed its appeal to the public to register for the vaccination and testing via the Sehhaty app and to follow the procedures and instructions.
If you find that you've tested positive for COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia, here is everything you should know.
What are the common COVID-19 symptoms?
The most frequent symptoms of COVID-19 are:
It has the potential to produce serious problems in those with immunodeficiency, the elderly, and those who have chronic illnesses including cancer, diabetes, or lung disease.
According to studies, at least 40% to 50% of persons who test positive with COVID-19 experience no symptoms. Although most SARS-CoV-2 infections (a variant of Coronavirus) are moderate or even asymptomatic, they can nevertheless spread the virus to others, according to research.
People with the above mentioned symptoms must get tested.
Testing for COVID-19
The most common tests you can get are:
How to get tested?
Whether or not they have symptoms, nationals and residents of Saudi Arabia can use the Sehaty App to make an appointment for COVID-19 testing. COVID-19 testing is available in a variety of permanent and mobile sites around Saudi Arabia.
What to do if I test positive for COVID-19?
Because there is a significant danger of spreading the virus to others, you must self-isolate (remain in your room). Keep to yourself in a room with a window open for ventilation. Completely avoid making touch with other individuals. If you require immediate medical treatment, such as a trip to the hospital, do not leave your room.
The period of isolation (quarantine) depends on the circumstances of each case:
What are the procedures followed by infected individuals in home isolation?
To assist prevent the transmission of COVID-19 during home isolation, the infected person must take the following steps:
How to monitor the help of infected patient during home isolation?
By closely monitoring their symptoms and minimising their intensity, they should be transported to the emergency room as soon as possible if their condition worsens or any of the following symptoms appear:
Is it necessary to take a COVID-19 test to confirm recovery?
The absence of symptoms for the past three days and the completion of the isolation time are sufficient to certify recovery. The COVID-19 test is a diagnostic tool only; it has no bearing on recovery.
What are measures to be taken after home isolation recovery?
After you've recovered, disinfect any commonly handled objects like door knobs and light switches, and make sure the area is adequately ventilated. Also, thoroughly wash the items you've worn with soap and water. After that, you can resume your usual routine while taking the necessary precautions.
What if I have COVID-19 symptoms but tested negative?
It's important to note that even though you tested negative for-19 doesn't imply your symptoms aren't important. If someone is sick, it is strongly suggested that they stay at home until their fever has subsided and they feel better. Speaking with your doctor about testing, treatments, and medicines may be beneficial. It is critical to assist your body recuperate from any sickness by obtaining enough of rest and water.
You can also take Tylenol or Ibuprofen to relieve symptoms, as well as vitamins to strengthen your immune system. Vitamin C and Zinc are both beneficial.
Am I immune after recovering from COVID-19?
After a COVID-19 infection, you are expected to remain immune (protected) for at least 9 months.
During the nine months, you will:
When to take the vaccine after recovering from COVID-19?
According to medical tests that showed the procedure's safety, the first dose can be taken 10 days following recuperation. Furthermore, combining the two dosages improves viral protection against severe mutations.
More information about vaccines in Saudi Arabia may be found here.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has urged citizens and residents to contact the (937) support centre if they have any questions about the COVID-19, emphasising the significance of respiratory disease prevention in general.