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FAQ:

Common signs of infection include fever, cough, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, headache and muscle pain, general fatigue, feeling of shortness of breath or dyspnoea at rest (which you had not experienced earlier).

- shortness of breath

- pain and/or feeling of pressure in chest

- confusion

- inability to wake or stay awake

- unusual paleness/bluish lips or face

COVID-19 infected is a person having a disease confirmed by laboratory test (PCR) or rapid antigen test.

I didn’t have any contact with COVID-19 infected person but still have COVID-19 symptoms

-         Contact your family doctor. Other virus infections are also characterized by cough and fever Thus if you have cough, runny nose, or fever it does not necessarily mean COVID-19 infection. Though, to the extent practicable, try to be self-isolated for several days. Commonly, the symptoms caused by other virus infections disappear in 3-5 days.

I had contact with infected persons and the symptoms revealed after that

-       Begin to self-isolate for 12 days, call 112 or contact your family doctor, who will refer you to testing for confirmation.

The high risk contact is a person who within 48 hours before manifestation of the symptoms or before taking sample for laboratory testing:

·        Had direct contact with COVID-19 infected confirmed case with distance less than 1 meter and with duration more than 15 minutes;

·        Had physical contact with COVID-19 confirmed person;

·        Had unprotected contact with droplets produced by COVID-19 patient (e.g. while coughing or sneezing);

·        Was in closed area (e.g. home, classroom, meeting room, hospital waiting room, etc.) with COVID-19 confirmed person for more than 15 minutes.

- begin self-isolation;

- Watch your health condition; if you identify symptoms of COVID-19, call 112 or contact directly your family doctor. After that you will be redirected to testing.

- If COVID-19 is confirmed, a doctor will make a decision on homecare or placing you in clinic based on your condition and symptoms;

- If the result is negative continue observation of self-isolation rules. 

-         If you can stay completely isolating in your own home, stay home. Utilization of common rest room is admissible when hygienic norms are observed. If the relevant conditions are not available, call 112 and you will be transferred to COVID hotel.

-         Don’t go out;

-         Don’t receive guests;

-        Have physical contact with family members only in case of absolute necessity, for as less as possible period of time and observing physical distancing; using face masks is necessary for all persons being in contact with each other;  

-         Utilize separate kitchen utensils, bed sheets, hygienic items;

-         If none of COVID-19 signs are revealed during isolation, the isolation will be ended on the 12th day after its beginning.

Through respiratory droplets, through the contact e.g while coughing, sneezing, shaking hands, touching face and eyes with unwashed hands, through close contact with an infected person.

The person becomes the source of infection during 2 days (48 hours) before start of the disease.

·    Avoid crowded places

.   Wear face masks in closed areas, in crowded places, while being in contact with those having COVID-19 symptoms.  

.   Observe 2-meter physical distancing rule (even when using face masks).

.   Frequently wash hands with soap and water (during 40-60 seconds) or using 70% alcohol based liquids (during 20-40 seconds).

.   Try to avoid public transport when possible.

The incubation period of COVID-19 (the time between exposure to the virus and symptom onset), is on average 5-6 days, but can be as long as 14 days.

Stay self-isolated for 12 days (as soon as possible upon the diagnosis of the contact becomes known).

-         In order to identify the disease an antigen rapid test or PCR test used that detect virus in nasopharyngeal swab.

-        Antibody test: COVID-19 IgM/IgG is a rapid test that detects antibodies in blood, serum and plasm. This test is not recommended for the patients without symptoms and on early onset, since the antibodies are produced on the 5th or the 15th day after manifestation of the symptoms.

-         It is not recommended to do any of these test by own initiative.

Contract your family doctor.

-         The laboratory services for the following groups subject to mandatory testing is financed by the State: 

·        The patient placed in any medical facility diagnosed with pneumonia or the patient with fever, accompanied with the signs of respiratory disease. Or at the decision of the doctor, the patient only with fever and/or other clinical signs (including testing of ambulatory patients, with strict observation of self-isolation regulations up to receiving test results);

·        The contacts of confirmed cases only in the period of self-isolation and/or quarantine (12th day after the contact with confirmed case), minimal – in case of manifestation of one of the disease symptoms, by the decision of a doctor or/and epidemiologist;

·        Medical personnel;

·        The personnel and beneficiaries of the facilities for the person under state care and others; 

 

Detailed information can be seen at:  https://matsne.gov.ge/ka/document/view/4896450?publication=9

-       In other cases, if you take a test at your own discretion the service is fee-based.

https://www.ncdc.ge/Pages/User/News.aspx?ID=8dd7ef49-cc5f-40c9-88d2-822fe5ae7066

Contact a family doctor and get registered for smear collection. Testing can be done at the laboratories that can be seen following the link.

-         If you need planned medical assistance call you doctor, who will provide you with medical care with observation of infection control rules or provides you with the guidance on the steps to be taken.

-         In case of need of emergency medical assistance, call 112.

First of all, each family member living with the coronavirus positive person should stay in self-isolation. If your family member receive treatment at home, some rules should be observed with the purpose to reduce the risk of spread of coronavirus:

-       Frequently air the room by opening the window/door to outdoor area. All family members should wear face masks while being in contact with an infected person.   Maximally limit the physical contact with infected person and do it only in cases of necessity. Suspected infected person uses own personal kitchen utensils and household items.

-        If possible suspected infected person uses separate bathroom and toilet. Otherwise, after using the shared toilet, the surfaces should be cleaned with disinfectors.  

-       Surfaces in shared areas should be cleaned with alcohol-based liquids (60-80%) as frequently as possible. 

-         At-home treatment decision is made when a patient with confirmed COVID-19 case experience mild disease or the disease goes without symptoms. At the same time, it is necessary to have the conditions to ensure self-isolation. This is not applicable to the persons with chronic diseases and aged above 65 as well as in case of children aged below 1 year who should be treated at medical facility.

-         If the person has mild symptoms or do not have the symptoms, but self-isolation conditions can not be observed, after contacting 112, he/she will be transferred to COVID-19 hotel.

 -         In case of severe condition, persons with chronic diseases, elderlies, the treatment is done at medical facility.

The decision on hospitalization as well as treatment at home decision is made only by physician’s assessment which is based on State protocol.

-        In case of the patients with symptoms the treatment is completed after at least 10 days of isolation and additional 3 days without symptoms;

-         Asymptomatic patients are isolated for 10 days and on the 11th day the monitoring ends.

In both cases, the cure is confirmed by attending family doctor.

-         Discharge from hospital is performed based on approved protocol, by the decision of a doctor.

The recommendation is issued by an attending physician with consideration of patient’s condition.

-         Strictly observe self-isolation rules;

·        Don’t go out;

·        Don’t receive guests

·        Have physical contact with family members only in case of absolute necessity, for as less as possible period of time and observing physical distancing; using face masks is necessary for all persons being in contact with each other; 

·        Utilize separate kitchen utensils, bed sheets, hygiene items;  

·          Frequently air the room by opening the window/door to outdoor area

-         Don’t take medicines without doctor’s agreement. Treatment for COVID-19 is symptomatic and information on safe for you medicines for management of the disease will be provided to you by a doctor.

-   Stay physically active when possible while staying in a room.

-        Take liquids of indoor temperature at the quantity recommended by a doctor.

-         If the person placed in quarantine zone is employed, the Ministry of Health is authorized to issue the certificate equal to sick leave certificate upon request.

-         In case of treatment at inpatient clinic the certificate is issued by the clinic and when treated at home, the certificate is issued by the online clinic.

-  While entering the country, the persons holding Georgian citizenship identification document should:

present at border check points PCR test results document. The test should be done within last 72 hours before entering the country; after that the person is subject to self-isolation for 8 days. If PCR test result document is not available, the person is subject to be transferred to quarantine zone (these issues are regulated by Government Ordinance #322 and is subject of periodical review).

This information is renewable and should be checked at embassies/consulates of the countries to be visited before planning trip. 

All COVID-19 medical services are fee-based for the citizens of foreign countries.

-        Elderlies

-        People with chronic diseases (especially cardio-vascular diseases, chronic pulmonary diseases, diabetes mellitus, overweight, oncological pathologies, HIV/AIDS etc.)

The patients without symptoms are also the source of infection spread though due to absence of symptoms the intensity of virus excretion is less.

It’s possible. That’s why the course of the disease should be closely monitored and in case of aggravation of the conditions, the family doctor should be immediately contacted.

Yes, it is possible.