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OVERVIEW

We’ve witnessed the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our lives and everything around the globe. More than millions of lives have been affected by it worldwide, and many millions have died so far. And while Covid 19 is still in our communities and is still infectious, STAR Hospital Hyderabad is one of the safest healthcare centres close to you. If you have any doubts or concerns related to this ailment, you can always call or visit our hospital. Our team will do the best for your safety. 

Details about the virus

  • The coronavirus appeared around December 2019 and is known to be caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
  • COVID-19 is progressive by nature, and has caused millions of deaths and has left a few survivors with a lifelong illness.
  • Covid is infectious by nature, in other words, transmittable. 
  • COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized by the government as partially preventive medicine for all covid affected and non-covid patients. 
  • Following physical distance, wearing masks, following hand hygiene and distancing yourself from others if you feel sick, are a few of the precautionary measures to be mandatorily followed.

How did this pandemic start?

It is claimed that the first COVID-19/ SARS-CoV-2 case was reported on December 1, 2019, and the then-new virus was researched to have originated in a mutated animal to harm humans. We’ve had similar cases in the past, where animals such as pigs, hens, bats and other animals were mutated to endanger the human species. In this case, the research continues to know more about the evolution of this disease.

How does the coronavirus spread?

Currently, researchers have confirmed that Covid 19 spreads through droplets and virus particles discharged from an infected person. This can be through sneezing, coughing or even close interactions. There are high chances of being affected by it in poorly ventilated areas or crowded spots. For the same reason, it is highly recommended that one follows the Covid prevention guidelines, such as using a mask and following hand hygiene. 

What about the incubation period for COVID-19?

You will likely show small to major symptoms between 2 to 14 days post-infection. And you will be a carrier and remain contagious for 10 to 20 days, based on your immune system and the severity of your condition. It is best to follow self-isolation during such a period for quick recovery and for avoiding the spread of this virus.

So, what are the symptoms of Covid-19?

People exhibit different symptoms based on the level of infection and their immunity. Some show mild illness, while some have no symptoms at all. In some cases, however, this virus can lead to major respiratory failures, long-lasting lung and heart damage, organ failures or even death. 

Please reach out to our team over the phone before in case of emergency or doubts on seeing the below prominent symptoms. 

  • Cough/ Sore throat
  • Headache/ Fever 
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Body pain
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea or vomiting

Tests to check if you are affected by Coronavirus

Two basic laboratory tests are conducted to identify COVID-19. 

Viral or diagnostic test: This is done to check if you are infected with coronavirus at present.

Antibody test: This test helps understand if your body has created antibodies to defend itself, in case you were affected by coronavirus previously. This test is usually recommended post 12 days of your exposure to the virus, as your body needs enough time by then to produce antibodies.

PACKAGE

VACCINATION

Vaccination Process

Vaccines are now authorized to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection or COVID-19. However, further research related to its preventive abilities are still being conducted, therefore, it is mandatory to continue to follow the precautionary measures such as wearing masks, following physical distancing and hand hygiene habits. Below is the registration process for vaccination.

 

How To Register To Get The Vaccine At Star Hospitals:

Visit cowin.gov.in and click on Register/Sign in yourself

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Enter your mobile number to receive an OTP

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Enter Your OTP

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You can add members of your family by clicking on “ + Add Member “

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Enter your details and register, you can add upto 4 members under one mobile number login.

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Once registered, click on the schedule button.

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Enter pincode 500034 and search.

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Select Star Hospital site1 or Star Hospital site2 and select the available slot.

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Visit the center on your registered date to get your vaccine.

GUIDELINES

Who can take the vaccine?

This is in accordance with the current guidelines given by the governmental agencies.

  • People above the age of 18 years are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • People who have registered on the Cowin portal.
  • Only the second dose is being administered for the time being.

Who should NOT take Covid19 Vaccine?

Persons who have experienced any of the following in the past:

  • Serious allergic reaction (which needed emergency medical attention) to a previous dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Immediate or delayed-onset serious allergic reaction (which needed emergency medical attention) to other vaccines or injectable therapies, pharmaceutical products, food items, etc.
  • Pregnant women or women who are not sure of their pregnancy should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Situations when Vaccination must be postponed:

  • COVID-19 vaccination is to be deferred for 3 months after recovery
  • Persons having active symptoms of COVID-19 infection.
  • COVID-19 patients who have been given anti-covid monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma therapy.
  • Acutely unwell and hospitalized (with or without intensive care) patients due to any illness.

When in doubt please consult your treating doctor for a better understanding for taking a decision on vaccination

Do’s

  • Register yourself on the Cowin portal and only then come in for the process.
  • Carry your ID proof when going to get vaccinated.
  • Consult your doctor if you’re taking any medication or have any underlying disease before taking the vaccine
  • Inform the staff if you're taking any medication or if you're pregnant.
  • Carry your medical records in case of any illness.
  • If you’re unwell prior to your vaccination date, consult your doctor on whether you should go ahead with the procedure.
  • Stay hydrated and well-rested before your appointment.
  • Maintain social distancing and wear a mask even at the vaccination center.

Don’ts

  • Be impatient with your vaccination process
  • Walk-in without having an appointment.
  • Stress yourself before or after the vaccination.
  • Stop wearing a mask just because you got vaccinated, you can still carry the virus.
  • Consume alcohol or any other intoxicant on the day of vaccination.
  • Get vaccinated if you're unwell or are currently Covid-19 positive.

Post- Vaccine Care:

  • Wait at the vaccination center for at least 30 minutes and allow the medical staff to monitor you for any side effects.
  • In case of any side effects, don’t panic.
  • Don’t consume alcohol and oily foods for 3-4 days after the procedure.
  • Avoid any heavy, strenuous activities for 3-4 days after the procedure.
  • Avoid smoking for 3-4 days after the procedure.
  • Avoid heavy exercises and workouts.
  • Continue wearing the mask and practice social distancing.
  • Drink plenty of water and place a clean wet cloth on the spot that you get injected.
  • Headache, fever, chills, fatigue, and hand pain (hand of the jab) can be the side effects for a couple of days
  • Consume the medications prescribed by your doctor.
  • Report any redness, swelling, and other abnormalities to the doctor
  • If the pain gets bad, report this to your doctor.

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