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2020 Corona Virus Infections

The infection with Coronavirus variants, which originated in China at the end of 2019, leads to illnesses that resemble flu with a high fever. Not every infected person develops symptoms, just a minority becomes ill. But a high % of the sick develops pneumonia, a smaller proportion (2%) dies. This makes this disease dangerous. 

One can only be infected if he has been in direct contact with someone with a Corona infection.  Every infected patient will be isolated for one week and all his close contacts will be asked (by contact tracers in a call center) to go to their doctor to be tested as well.  The test can be done in

  • our clinic Huisartsen Kwatrecht or
  • on the weekends (starting Friday 7 p.m.) also in the regional testing center, Kliniekstraat 29 in Ghent (Gentbrugge), call 1733 first, or: 
  • on working days a.m.. also in ASZ Wetteren, Wegvoeringstraat 73.

Results come in 24-36 hours.

What is the Coronalert App? Do I have to bring my smartphone to the consultation?

If you want to be tested and you have a smartphone, it is best to install this app on your phone. This is the fastest way to get lab results. You must bring the 17-digit code with you to the consultation in which you want to be tested. Afterward, you have the option, without any obligation, for your contact persons to be notified that you were in their area, without being informed about your name. In this way, detection can go faster. Your name will not be communicated to third parties. read more:  https://coronalert.be/en/

Safety in the waiting room of our offices is guaranteed by waring mouth masks and alcohol disinfection via pumps on the wall. Patients should come alone if possible. A maximum of 3 people per room is mandatory. As always, "shaking hands" is not advisable, to prevent infections to circulate. 

There is no point in avoiding doctor's practices and hospitals. When you have new complaints, you should see a doctor. Our consultation hours remain the same, except on Saturdays (we're not available then).

Patients with a cough or with fever should not come to the waiting room. They'll have to make a phone call and ask for a visit at home. In that case, they inform the doctor about this reason before the actual visit. If they have also severe trouble with breathing, they should go to the specialized urgencies center of a hospital.

Home visits on working days on office hours will be done by the regular family doctor. In other cases, please contact the local doctor on call via national telephone number 1733.

Is it a good idea to ask for a house visit for all my complaints and for my safety?

Please keep in mind that not everyone can order a home visit (instead of coming to the clinic) for all his normal questions in these circumstances. It would make doctors and health staff less protected, and so are their subsequent patients. Home visits are, as always, primarily intended for bedridden patients or the very old. But ... if you have a fever and you surely have been in direct contact with a Corona infected person, you must request a home visit and you should not come to the waiting room.

How can we prevent this disease?

All scientists continue to declare that thorough hand hygiene, mouth masks, and social distancing (1.5 meters)  can help to stop this epidemic. Vaccination against Flu is advised even more than in other years. Specific vaccination against Covid19 is still not ready for use. Drugs to treat Covid19 are only present in hospitals. A good physical condition based on physical activity, especially in the open air, and healthy food, vitamin C and D, can enhance your resistance against this virus.