As we officially enter the monsoon season, various types of illness and disease are sure to follow—especially the flu. Although we are all being extra careful—adhering to social distancing measures, wearing face masks, using alcohol gels or frequently washing our hands, exercising more and eating healthier diets—we are all still at risk of getting sick. If you do start to experience symptoms of illness, it is important to receive an assessment of the symptoms in order to ascertain the type and severity of your condition. This will enable timely and effective treatment, which is the key to making a full and speedy recovery.
The monsoon season (from June to October) and the cool season (from January to March) are considered particularly dangerous with respect to influenza outbreaks. There are huge numbers of people infected with the virus each year despite the availability of an influenza vaccine.
Being on the lookout for the onset of flu-like symptoms is crucial, with a typical influenza infection consisting of the following:
It is also important for patients to inform their doctor if they have come into contact with an infected patient as this will accelerate the diagnosis. In cases that require treatment with antiviral drugs, administering medication within the first 48 hours will hasten recovery, and reduce the likelihood of complications—especially in high-risk groups—and decrease the chances of spreading infection to others2.
It is easy to see how timely diagnosis and treatment can be so crucial to infected patients, their families, and those close to them. The New Normal era that has caused so much upheaval in our lives has also resulted in telecommunication services being developed that enable online medical consultations and often eliminate the need for a hospital visit. Our Samitivej Virtual Flu Clinic is already providing these services. Moreover, for cases that require a test to confirm a diagnosis, our hospital now offers home testing services that provide instant results. Alternatively, patients who wish to visit the hospital for screening can now choose our Fast Track service option, with the follow-up consultation and result reporting over video call. This means you no longer need to make a second visit to the hospital.
It is now possible to have medication and other supplies delivered to your door, which goes to show just how much time you can save by using the Samitivej Virtual Flu Clinic. This service also reduces the risk of spreading or contracting infections by significantly decreasing hospital visits. Nevertheless, in cases where patients suffer from severe symptoms and require hospital treatment, our medical professionals will provide all the advice you need to stay safe on your journey to a Samitivej Hospital.