Common symptoms of COVID-19
Cold symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, sore throat
Shortness of breath
Elevated temperature or a fever
Sudden loss of taste and smell (without nasal congestion)
Important: do not go to your GP; instead call the GP if you have these symptoms.
Measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Wear a mask
Wash your hands often with soap and water
Cough and sneeze into your elbow
Use paper tissues to blow your nose and discard them after use
Do not shake hands
Stay 1.5 meters (2 arms lengths) away from other people
If you're experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, call your GP and you will get an appointment at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site
If you are not ill, but have been in contact with someone who is (possibly) infected with coronavirus, stay at home for 14 days.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms or you have been tested positive, stay home so you don't spread the virus further.
The public health department of the government will contact you for further contact tracing if you tested positive, or if you were close contact of someone who tested positive for coronavirus.
Vaccination against COVID-19
Vaccination against COVID-19 has now started in the Netherlands, and Curacao will follow soon. That means that we are now entering a new phase in this crisis. But unfortunately this does not mean that we can lift all the measures currently in place. Most people are still at risk and many people in the Netherlands are still infectious. The basic rules can only be set aside once the vast majority of people have been vaccinated.
How does this vaccine work?
The COVID-19 vaccine by BioNTech/Pfizer is an RNA vaccine.
mRNA vaccines are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies. Click here for FAQ about coronavirus vaccines.
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