The ministry published instructions for Covid home treatment after one year

There is one more website to find information, but only in Slovak.

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Nearly one year after the first confirmed Covid-positive case in Slovakia, the Health Ministry published instructions for people being treated at home.

Before early March 2021, doctors did not have any specific guide to follow. They mostly consulted on treatment by phone and offered some general advice, but several patients have complained that they had problems reaching someone.

Even before the ministry, a special website was launched to help people suffering or recovering from Covid.

The ministry’s instructions

The ministry first published some recommendations to moderate Covid symptoms during home treatment, prepared with Ondrej Sukeľ, chair of the Slovak Chamber of Pharmacists, in early February.

This included recommendations like taking vitamins C and D, and using several non-prescribed medicaments to lower one's temperature and treat pain and coughing.

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Then on March 4, the ministry published instructions for patients on home treatment and their relatives, prepared in cooperation with the chief ministry expert on general medicine, Adriana Šimková.

This includes general regulations, like measuring body temperature and body pressure, taking notes about your health condition, and talking about your health condition with your family. It also provides information about what kind of medication to take and when to contact a doctor and emergency line, and how to end self-isolation.

These recommendations can be found at the website (in Slovak).

Covid Helper launched sooner

About two weeks before the Health Ministry, the website (in Slovak) was launched, offering tips for home treatment. It was developed by the experts on health informatics, machine learning, public policy and communication, who were advised by experts from the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) and the Health Ministry.

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The users are asked to fill in a short form to learn about how serious the illness is and whether one can stay home or needs to go to the hospital. They are asked about their test result, symptoms and the frequency of their breathing and pulse. They also fill in information about the year of their birth, age, sex, height, weight, region and email address.

The website also provides information for people still suffering from the consequences of Covid, the Sme daily reported.

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