Dr Fong – COVID treatment does not change

Ministry of Health permanent secretary Dr James Fong stresses a point during a news conference in Suva. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU

The treatment and management for COVID-19 do not change, says Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong.

“So if you test a person who is in their 30s who has no chronic illness, and they recover after 14 days, the value of the test is that you can tell them yes you had COVID-19,” he said.

“But we still say to the person, isolated at home, self-isolate.

“You take Panadol if you have pain or fever.

“The treatment is the same so now what we are saying to people is do not fall into those severe risk groups or high-risk groups.

“If you develop flu-like symptoms, cough or runny nose it is very likely you have COVID.”

Dr Fong said he was also aware that a lot of COVID-19 patients had followed the same treatment and they were only instructed to watch out for severe disease symptoms like shortage of breath and chest pain.

“The management, treatment does not change.

“You stay home, take Panadol and fluids.”

He said people who developed severe symptoms must visit the health care facility immediately.

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