What should you do at home if you have symptoms of coronavirus?
- If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or you have benn in contact with an infected person, the most important thing to do is to start a home-quarantine. This means you should stay home and avoid all external contact, as well as ordering groceries online and general necessities from home. (The most common symptoms are: fever or chills, dry cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.)
- Please send an email to the MedHelp Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org with the following personal information:
- Full name:
- Neptun code:
- Mother’s maiden name:
- Address (which is on your address card):
- Date of birth:
- Place of birth:
- TAJ number:
- Expiration date of TAJ card:
- Phone number:
- Have you contacted any COVID-19 positive person or have you been experiencing any symptoms?
- Description of your symptoms in detail:
The MedHelp Team will contact your General Practitioner (GP) to inform them about your condition and determine whether it is a situation to obtain a Covid test to your domicile.
3. You also have to fill out the E088 request on Neptun, to let the University know about your situation.
4. Keep a safe distance with your housemates and roommates as well! Do NOT share food, drinks, or other consumables! Wash your hands regularly with soap, wipe the toilet, bathroom and kitchen handles and other utensils several times a day with disinfectant! Wash your used clothes as soon as possible, change the bedding often!
5. Ask for help from a friend or use home delivery for shopping. You can find a detailed guide for online grocery, medicine and pharmacy services on our website: https://www.imt.bme.hu/guide-to-online-grocery-shopping-for-students-in-quarantine/
6. In order to relieve your symptoms, follow the next instructions:
- Drink plenty of water and tea.
- Put lemon juice in your tea/ water for extra vitamins.
- Take vitamin C and D supplements (some say iron can feed the virus so choose individual vitamins instead of multivitamins or other mixes).
- Do not drink any alcohol and limit your cigarettes as much as you can.
- If you have a fever, manage it with medication like Advil Ultra or any other that you are familiar with.
- Measure your temperature often. Keeping a record of your body temperature and medication can provide you/ your
doctor with very useful information.
- Manage your headache with medication if you need to.
- You can inhale with camomille tea, other kinds of herbal tea, or inhalant.
- Rest and do not do any strenuous exercise.
- Open the window for some fresh air but make sure you do not cool down your room too much.
- Lying on your stomach has a particularly good effect. This makes it easier for oxygen to reach parts of the lungs that it couldn’t not reach otherwise.
- If you have difficulty breathing try to relax and breathe slowly (in your nose, out your mouth with half-closed lips as if you were whistling) and lean forward a bit to make breathing easier.
7. The most effective way to activate your body’s healing power is resting and sleeping a lot. Your body needs time and rest to be able to take up the fight and develop the right defense strategy against the virus. Therefore, it is very important that the rest is a real rest and not work from home! Fatigue and drowsiness is a sign from your system that your body’s own self-healing mechanisms have been set in motion. Allow yourself a restful sleep so your body can do its thing.
8. This period is now an opportunity to deal with relaxing things that otherwise you would not have time for.
9. If you experience difficulty breathing or your condition gets drastically worse, call 112 (Hungarian emergency number).
What to do before testing?
In case it is necessary, your General Practitioner (GP) can order a test free of charge. Expect the sampling workers to arrive dressed in a white uniform that looks like a “spacesuit”. It is important that you do not eat, drink, smoke, do not brush your teeth 2 hours before the sampling!
Your GP will notify you of the test result.
When is it necessary to call an ambulance?
Some symptoms indicate that you need immediate help. Call an ambulance on 112 if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- severe or increased difficulty breathing, suffocation (shortness of breath, bluish lips, pallor)
- severe or increased chest or abdominal pain
- fainting, loss of consciousness
- sudden severe dizziness, or sudden visual disturbances or speech problems
- severe, sudden movement disorder, paralysis
- confusion perceived by the environment
- spitting or vomiting blood, or uncontrollable bleeding
- persistent, increasing vomiting or diarrhea
What information do ambulances need?
- Your name (if a friend calls: who is the patient?)
- Exact address: where is the patient?
- What are the symptoms?
- Important history (for example confirmed coronavirus infected)
- (If necessary: how ambulance can get into the house or apartment)
If you have to go to the hospital
If the ambulance decides that hospital care is safer for you, you can go to the infectious department of the territorially competent hospital, to an epidemiological hospital, or to another institution designated for COVID care. The hospital will carry out all the necessary tests and re-check whether you are infected with a coronavirus or not. If the laboratory result confirms that you are infected with a coronavirus, you will be treated in a ward that is also prepared for this care. If you are uninfected and have another illness, you will be placed in a department appropriate to your illness.
What should you take to the hospital?
It is important to bring drinks (preferably water) and non-perishable food with you so that these are at hand while you wait for the intake tests. At the hospital you will need:
- personal documents (ID, address card, TAJ card)
- list of medications you take regularly and medication for at least a few days
- if you have diabetes: your blood sugar meter and (if you use it) insulin
- if you have asthma / COPD: inhaled medicines, inhaler
- sleepwear, pajamas
- bathroom products
- mobile phone and charger
- leisure equipment, e.g. book, puzzle
Where can you get psychological help?
The current situation can raise many questions, worries and anxieties can intensify. It can help a lot if you share your feelings and thoughts with your friends. If you need more help, you can get free help at:
You can find more information on the World Health Organisation (WHO) website here:
Source: The translation is based on information from Semmelweis University (SOTE).