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 proven Corona infection. It is legally mandatory for all doctors in Belgium to report every case of the disease to the health inspection. If this remains practically possible, each patient will be isolated for two weeks 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.  These services don't communicate the name of the former infected person. Everybody who was in contact with an infected person has to stay home for 2 weeks, with a minimum of the physical approach of other people.

Safety in the waiting room of our offices is guaranteed by providing mouth masks (1 per visiting person) and alcohol disinfection via pumps on the wall.  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.

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.

All services 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 other years. Specific vaccination against Covid19 is still not ready for use. Drugs to treat Covid19 are only present in hospitals.