With the recent changes in the pandemic prevention and control measures, many people have questions about how to best protect themselves and their families during winter. Jiahui’s Family Medicine Physicians provide insights into the most commonly asked questions related to these recent changes.
Q1 Is the recommended list of Covid-19 medication posted online reliable? What medications should I get?
People infected with Covid-19 may experience various uncomfortable symptoms, however, typically these symptoms vary depending on the individual. Therefore, all of the recommended Covid-19 medications may not be required.
It is important to treat the patient’s specific symptoms accordingly.
Symptoms and suggested medication:
*Medication needs to be considered according to individual circumstances. If you are unsure, please consult a physician.
In addition to the above-mentioned medication, it is recommended that you have the below medications on hand in case you or your family experience mild symptoms
It should be noted that if your symptoms (1) are not relieved, (2) are aggravated after taking the medicine, or (3) if you are unsure about the severity of your condition, please consult with a doctor online or go to the hospital as soon as possible.
In addition, if you suffer from underlying diseases and are taking other medication, please consult with your doctor first to rule out the possibility of medication interactions before starting to take the new medication.
Q2 If you experience some of these symptoms, how can you confirm whether you have Covid-19?
Both Covid-19 and the flu may have symptoms such as sore throat, cough, fever, and fatigue.
It is possible to distinguish between the two based on epidemiological history and conducting relevant laboratory tests. The flu typically occurs in winter and spring, while Covid-19 typically affects people who have contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case.
If you have related symptoms and cannot determine whether you have Covid-19, it is recommended that you go to a fever clinic for further evaluation. However, irrespective of whether you have the flu or Covid-19, the symptomatic treatment methods are similar.
Recent studies show that people who have been vaccinated against the flu are approximately 90% less likely to become seriously ill with Covid-19 in the following months than those who have not recently been vaccinated.
You can get vaccinated against the flu at Jiahui.
- Recommended for: Everyone
- Recommended age: All people aged 6 months and above should be vaccinated
Note: The recommended interval between the flu vaccine and the Covid-19 vaccine is two weeks.
Q3 How can I enhance my personal protection?
It is still necessary to continue to adhere to the below:
- Wear a mask in public places
- Maintain an appropriate social distance
- Regularly wash your hands
In addition, it is recommended to get fully vaccinated (including booster shots) against Covid-19, in addition to getting the flu vaccination annually.
For people above the age of 65, it is recommended to also get the pneumococcal vaccination.
Q4 Is it safe for children & the elderly to take the Covid-19 vaccination?
Some elderly people are worried about getting vaccinated against Covid-19 due to their age or chronic diseases.
As long as contraindications of the Covid-19 vaccine are excluded, the vast majority of elderly people can be safely vaccinated.
These contraindications include severe allergic reactions to previous vaccinations, such as anaphylactic shock and laryngeal edema.
Additionally, vaccination should be postponed for:
- Patients in the fever stage of acute infectious diseases.
- Patients with severe chronic diseases in the acute attack stage, such as cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, patients with hypertensive crisis, myocardial infarction in patients with coronary heart disease, advanced autoimmune nervous system diseases, and epileptic patients with seizures.
- Patients in the terminal stages of severe chronic diseases.
Children over the age of 3 years old can be vaccinated unless they experience contraindications.
According to research, the Covid-19 vaccine can help to prevent severe illness and reduce death in immunocompromised people.
Q5 What should I do if I feel unwell & I am not sure whether I need to seek medical treatment?
In addition to various outpatient clinics, Jiahui Health also provides services such as online video consultations and medication delivery. If you feel unwell and cannot determine whether you need to go to the hospital immediately, please have an online consultation with a physician to determine the next steps and to reduce your level of anxiety.
To make an appointment for an online consultation, please scan the QR code under the image below.
Department of Family Medicine
General practitioners, also known as family doctors, possess comprehensive medical professional skills and knowledge, excellent health management skills, and a caring touch, and provide personalized, continuous and comprehensive medical and health services to the community.
With the improving quality of modern life and changing lifestyles, people’s emphasis on medical health and desire for personalized medical treatment have only increased. General practitioners are derived from modern western medicine and are based on a human-centered medical management model. They provide customers with one-stop and continuous services for everything from preventive healthcare to disease diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation care by integrating multiple medical resources.
At the Jiahui Family Medicine Department, we will accompany you on your health journey, from disease prevention to health management. With the help of community clinics and specialists, we are more than prepared to oversee the diagnosis and treatment of common diseases, as well as providing long-term chronic disease management for patients. That includes coordinating various specialist referrals, international referrals, and tracking rehabilitation follow-up after patients have been discharged. We work alongside every department at Jiahui Health to provide caring service for the whole family, from ordinary outpatient and inpatient treatment to home care.