fps health belgium banner

What do I need to know about the coronavirus?

Symptoms and spread

The coronavirus is a new and highly infectious virus. You can easily catch it from other people or pass it on to them.

The major symptoms are::

  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • fever
  • muscle pain
  • fatigue
  • loss of sense of smell and taste
  • stuffy nose
  • sore throat
  • diarrhoea

If you have one of these symptoms, please call your doctor. Some people can have the virus without any symptoms.

When you cough or sneeze, small droplets fly in the air. Most infections occur through prolonged close contact (more than 15 minutes at less than 1.5m). Some microdrops can remain in the air for a long time and under certain circumstances also infect people at more than 1.5m. Indirect infections can also be caused by contact with infected droplets on objects and surfaces (e.g. door handles). It is therefore important to limit your close contacts, keep your distance, wash/ disinfect your hands regularly and do activities preferably outdoors or else wear a mouth mask and ventilate the room well.

Any questions? Read here more about the coronavirus.

What should you do?

  • Respect the hygiene rules
  • Take your activities outside
  • Think about vulnerable people
  • Keep your distance (1,5m)
  • Limit your close contacts
  • Follow the rules on gatherings

Face masks

In busy places (such as the supermarket, in a shopping street, etc.) it is not always possible to keep a distance of 1.5 metres. That is why you have to wear a face mask in these places.

More information about where and how to wear them can be found here.

Testing for the coronavirus

If you have symptoms yourself, you stay at home immediately. You will be tested for the coronavirus as soon as possible. Contact your GP for this. You must also be tested when you return from a red zone or when you came into contact with someone who has the coronavirus.

More information about testing.

Quarantine and isolation

If you test positive for the coronavirus, you will have to remain in isolation. When you came into contact with someone who has the coronavirus or when you come back from a red zone, you have to quarantine.

For more information on quarantine and isolation and what to do, read here.

Contact tracing

After a positive test, your GP starts the contact tracing. Via the contact tracing we can contact the people with whom you recently came into contact. Thanks to the contact tracing we will be able to warn them that they may be infected with the coronavirus.

  • People with whom you have had contact for a long time and up close, we call ** high-risk contacts**. They should be in quarantine. This means preventive isolation. Your high-risk contacts will be tested for the coronavirus.
  • People with whom you only had contact for a very short time, but who were close are your low-risk contacts. The contact tracers will advise them to be extra cautious.

Any questions? Read more about contact tracing.