The symptoms of the coronavirus are fever and respiratory complaints, such as a cold, runny nose, sneezing and coughing. In the event of such complaints: stay at home.
But with the flowers, trees and grasses in bloom, many Dutch people currently suffer from a runny nose, watery eyes and sneezes, or: hay fever.
“If you have hay fever, you have the same complaints every year in about the same period. You can then feel whether it is” those complaints of the hay fever “,” RIVM writes. You can then decide whether or not to stay at home. If you are unsure whether the symptoms feel different, you should stay at home.
“Suppose you really have a lot of hay fever, talk to your employer about what to do. If you can work at home, work at home,” said a RIVM spokesperson previously to RTL News. “In principle, hay fever does not mean that you are not allowed to go to work, but you do adhere to the measures as much as possible.”
It is more difficult with a chronic cold. “With a chronic cold, you do not know which virus is causing the complaints. It is best to stay at home or contact a doctor,” says a spokesperson for the RIVM.
Permanent sniff bell
And what if your child has a permanent snot under your nose? RIVM writes on its website that children can then simply go to school or to daycare. “If the child has hay fever or a chronic cold every year, then you recognize the complaints as a parent and often also as a teacher. Are you unsure, or are the complaints different from what you are used to? Keep the child at home until the (new) complaints arise be over. “
And if the school or childcare refuses the child, even if they are the same complaints as before? Then start the conversation, says RIVM. As a parent, indicate that it concerns a recognizable image. If the child is still not allowed to go to school or day care after such a conversation, please contact the local GGD Municipal Health, advises RIVM. They help further.
The school’s youth doctor or the GGD can assess the situation. If in doubt about the cause of the complaints, the child can be tested for Covid-19. In any case, a child can be tested if he is sick for a long time. “This is possible for every school-going child if the complaints lead to more than one week of absence from school,” writes the RIVM.
When will someone be tested?
If someone has complaints similar to Covid-19 symptoms, they should stay at home until they have no complaints for at least 24 hours. It RIVM writes that in such a situation a general practitioner considers whether a test contributes to the treatment or care of the patient. Sometimes a GP can test someone himself, otherwise the doctor will consult with the local GGD.
Until 1 June, the test policy in the Netherlands is aimed at risk groups, care workers, informal carers, school employees, people with a contact profession, and employees in public transport and enforcement and supervision.
After 1 June, it is possible for everyone in the Netherlands to be tested with complaints that point to the corona virus.