People with symptoms suggesting COVID-19 disease or suffering from this disease are hospitalized, while healthy people with a justified suspicion of being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus are subjected to home quarantine. If the infection is not confirmed in quarantined persons, the sanitary inspection has the right to terminate the quarantine. This decision is made by the sanitary inspector on the basis of the entire epidemic interview, his knowledge and consultations with experts.
Coronavirus in Poland: the sick – what do we know about them?
51 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Poland:
1. Patient first (zero) hospitalized in the hospital in Zielona Góra, infection was confirmed on March 4. The man came by bus from Germany.
2 and 3. A married couple over 60 who came back from Italy. They are in a hospital in Szczecin, their condition is good. The infection was confirmed on March 6.
4. A 26-year-old man who has returned from Great Britain. He was confirmed to be infected with the virus on March 6. He is in a hospital in Wrocław.
5. A woman “in the prime of life” who traveled by bus from Germany with patient zero. Coronavirus was confirmed in a woman on March 6.
6. The man who traveled by bus from Germany with patient zero is not a Polish citizen, but is hospitalized in a hospital in Ostróda. Virus infection was confirmed on March 7.
7. The man “in his prime”, stays in the hospital in Ostróda, his condition is good. The infection was confirmed on March 8.
8. A woman “in the prime of life” who was hospitalized with symptoms of coronavirus infection from home quarantine. The infection was confirmed on March 8, he is in a hospital in Racibórz.
9. A Spanish woman “in her prime”, who flew to Poland by plane from Germany. He is in a hospital in Warsaw, the infection was confirmed on March 8.
10. A young man who flew to Poland by plane from Italy. The infection was confirmed on March 8, he is in Warsaw.
11. An elderly man in serious condition diagnosed with coronavirus on March 8. He is in the infectious diseases ward in a hospital in Wrocław. The man did not travel abroad, he contracted the infection after contact with a close person who came from the United States and is currently hospitalized abroad.
12. The over 60-year-old patient is in a hospital in Kraków. Recently he has been in northern Italy. Its condition is good and stable. He was confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus on March 9.
13, 14 and 15. Three people confirmed to be infected with the virus on March 9. They are staying in a hospital in Racibórz, their condition is stable.
16. An infected person who was confirmed with the coronavirus on March 9, is in a hospital in Wrocław. She is a 74-year-old woman, her condition is serious. She had contact with a person who came from the United States (she is currently hospitalized abroad). She has a family relationship with another patient also staying in a hospital in Wrocław.
17. There is a middle-aged woman in a hospital in Poznań who has been confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus. The patient’s condition is serious. She has the symptoms of pneumonia with a very severe clinical course, is connected to a ventilator and in a pharmacological coma. The infection was confirmed on March 9. EDIT: The authorities of Poznań informed on Thursday, March 12, 2020 that the patient had died. The whole family was taken care of. All persons are quarantined.
18. Patient lying in a hospital in Warsaw. Previously, he was in northern Italy. His health condition is assessed as stable.
19. and 20. Two people are in the hospital in Cieszyn. Their health is stable. The man came from Germany and was quarantined. The woman, on the other hand, had contact with him after he returned to Poland.
21. A person confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus is currently in home quarantine because he has a small seven-month-old child. This is a person from the Lower Silesia Province, family related to other patients hospitalized in a hospital in Wrocław. She is a young person, her condition is assessed by doctors as very good.
22. The patient is in a hospital in Bełżyce, in the Lublin province. This is a person between the ages of 50-60. He is in a serious condition, the respiratory process is supported by a ventilator – this is what the Lublin voivode said about the patient’s health.
23. A young man from the province. Masovian. He is hospitalized in a hospital in Warsaw. I feel good. The patient is the son of the head of the Nadarzyn commune; his parents went into home quarantine.
24. A woman from the province. Podkarpackie (Łańcut) in its prime. Her condition is good.
25. A woman from the province. Lublin in its prime. Her condition is assessed as very serious. The patient was infected by a son who recently returned from Great Britain.
26. A child from the Śląskie Voivodeship (Cieszyn) is in good condition.
27. A young woman from the Łódź Province (Łódź). Her case was reported on March 11.
28. Another infected person is a woman from the Greater Poland voivodeship who is in a hospital in Poznań. Her health is assessed as good.
29. The patient is a man from the Opolskie Voivodeship (Opole). His health is good.
30 and 31. They are two women from Ostróda (Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship). Both ladies are doing well.
32 and 33. These are two new cases of infection in the Dolnośląskie Province. Two men became the patients of the hospital in Wrocław. – One is young, the other is middle-aged. Their health condition is good – informed the spokeswoman of the Provincial Specialist Hospital. J. Gromkowski Urszula Małecka.
34.7 new cases of coronavirus infection. The confirmed results concern: two people from the province. Podkarpackie (Leżajsk), one person from the province. Lublin (Lublin), one person from the province. Dolnośląskie (Wrocław) and three people from the province. Łódź (Łódź).
35. Three new cases of coronavirus infection. The results concern: two people from the province. Zachodniopomorskie (Szczecin), one person from the province. Mazowieckie (Warsaw).
Laboratories that test for coronavirus
In Poland, tests for coronavirus are performed by 13 laboratories:
- Provincial Infectious Hospital in Warsaw,
- Provincial Specialist Hospital. Bieganski in Lodz,
- Provincial Sanitary and Epidemiological Station in Olsztyn,
- Provincial Sanitary and Epidemiological Station in Wrocław,
- Provincial Sanitary and Epidemiological Station in Gdańsk,
- Provincial Sanitary and Epidemiological Station in Rzeszów,
- Provincial Sanitary and Epidemiological Station in Gorzów Wielkopolski,
- Provincial Sanitary and Epidemiological Station in Katowice,
- Provincial Sanitary and Epidemiological Station in Kielce,
- Provincial Sanitary and Epidemiological Station in Łódź,
- Provincial Sanitary and Epidemiological Station in Poznań,
- Provincial Sanitary and Epidemiological Station in Lublin.
Until March 11, 2020, 2234 samples were tested in Poland, of which 2187 were negative and 47 samples were positive.
How to proceed in the event of suspected coronavirus infection?
If you have been in a coronavirus area within the last 14 days and have noticed symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties, then with severe symptoms, call the emergency number 112 or report directly to the infectious diseases ward.
If you have a strong reasonable suspicion that you may be infected (infected) but have no symptoms, avoid contact with other people to prevent spread of the virus. ANY concerns about your health should be resolved by phone or online. Do not go to a clinic (unless you are asked to do so on a specific date) or to a hospital without agreeing where to go. Follow the recommendations of the medical services.
Coronavirus and the uninsured
The Ministry of Health informed, inter alia in a message on Twitter that all persons, including the uninsured, will be diagnosed for coronavirus infection free of charge in justified cases. In the event of falling ill with COVID-19, treatment of uninsured people will be provided from public funds.
Coronavirus – how to avoid SARS-CoV-2 infection?
The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is transmitted by airborne droplets, e.g. when coughing or exhaling. The droplets with the virus leave the host’s body and land on objects or surfaces around the patient. In order to avoid contracting coronavirus, it is worth remembering the following recommendations.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based disinfectant.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your bent arm or a disposable handkerchief when you cough or sneeze. Then throw the tissue into the trash and wash and disinfect your hands.
- Avoid contact with sick people – keep a distance of at least one meter.
How to wash your hands properly?
- Wet your hands with warm water. Apply the liquid soap to the fold of your hand.
- Soap both inner surfaces of your hands.
- Splash your thumbs and soap them.
- Soap the thumb of one hand with the other hand, then switch hands.
- Soap the back of one hand with the palm of the other hand, then switch hands.
- Lather both wrists.
- Rinse your hands thoroughly to remove the soap. Dry them carefully.
What are the symptoms of the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronovirus?
The disease caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus can manifest itself as high fever (above 38 degrees C), dry cough and general fatigue. Additionally, there may appear: sore throat, headache and muscles, runny nose, diarrhea and breathing difficulties. The initial diagnosis of the disease is difficult because the symptoms are not specific and may suggest another, serious disease of the upper respiratory tract – influenza. Therefore, an important criterion in the diagnosis is the patient’s stay in the last 14 days in countries where SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infections occurred or contact with people whose risk of infection is very high.
The “disease incubation period” is the time from being infected with the virus until symptoms of the disease appear. It is estimated that in the case of this type of coronavirus it is about 14 days, most often about 5 days.
Should you wear face masks as protection against the coronavirus?
- people with symptoms suggesting coronavirus infection,
- chronically ill people included in the risk groups with an increased risk of contracting coronavirus (in their case the course of COVID-19 disease may be much more severe),
- caregivers of sick people and representatives of medical services, providing help to the sick.
Source: GIS / PAP / Ministry of Health