I’m having some health problems. What should I do?

I’m not feeling well. I feel I’m experiencing some health problems. What should I do?

Check if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • shortness of breath/difficulty breathing without a cough
  • a fever over 38 degrees
  • dry cough

If you have difficulty breathing, or have a fever and simultaneously a dry cough, call 155 immediately and follow the operator’s instructions.
If you have a fever that persists for more than two days or a dry cough without a fever, contact your GP or emergency (outside the GP’s office hours) and follow their instructions.
If you have only had a fever for less than two days, it’s probably not coronavirus, stay in quarantine at home, keep track of your symptoms, take fever medication.
If you do not have any of these symptoms, keep track of your health condition and measure your temperature twice a day.

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I suspect I might be infected. I want to take a test. What should I do?
If you have a recommendation or application form from a physician for a test, find an appropriate testing centre. A list of testing centres will be provided at the toll-free number 1212, or directly on our website (only in the Czech language). 
If you do not have symptoms of the disease or a recommendation or application form from a physician, a test is not indicated. One can only be conducted at several testing centres and you have to pay for the test.

How should I travel to the testing site?
If you are in quarantine, do not travel to the testing site by public or shared transport. If you are travelling to the testing site using your own car, drive alone or in the company of maximum one other person, cover your mouth and nose. 

What comprises the test?
This is a PCR test for nucleic acid detection. The test shows whether the individual is infected, i.e. whether he/she has the virus in his/her blood or, for example, in an airway swab. The National Reference Laboratory has the precise WHO methodology on how to perform the examination. Likewise, other laboratories authorized to carry out the tests by the Ministry of Health have precise instructions on how to perform them.  

Where do I call for test results?
Information about the test result will be provided to you by your physician or the Regional Hygiene Station, please wait. If the laboratories or testing sites are very busy, it may take longer, even several days, to report the results.

I’ve been tested and am waiting for the result. When will I receive it and what will be the next step?
Information about the test result will be provided to you by your physician or the Regional Hygiene Station, please wait. If the laboratories or testing sites are very busy, it may take longer, even several days, to report the results. If you are also at home in quarantine, continue to follow its rules. If you have severe health problems (shortness of breath/difficulty breathing without a cough, fever over 38 degrees, dry cough), call 155 and follow the operator’s instructions.

What should I do if the test is positive? What should I prepare for?
Stay in home isolation. Contact your GP by telephone and follow his/her instructions. Above all, keep calm. Tell the friends you have met with in the last few days about your condition.  

I’ve been in close contact with an infected person. What should I do?
First, you need to evaluate whether this was a high-risk contact! In order to do so, you need to determine whether you were in contact with a person living in the same household as a Covid-19 patient, whether there was physical contact (such as handshaking) with a Covid-19 patient or unprotected direct contact with infectious secretions of a Covid-19 patient. It could also include personal contact or being in a closed environment (room, vehicle, waiting room) with a person with Covid-19 at a distance of less than 2 meters and for more than 15 minutes, or also with a health or social worker providing care for a Covid-19 patient, etc. If yes, call your GP and observe quarantine.

I have returned from abroad. What should I do?
Call your GP and observe quarantine.