Winter viruses: don't go straight to the emergency service!

With several viruses doing the rounds, people in Brussels are asked not to go straight to hospital emergency services for minor symptoms (runny nose, sore throat, muscle ache, slight fever,...) if they have no other health problems.

Hospital emergency services are reserved for the most serious cases and life-threatening emergencies. To function properly, they must be able to focus on those most in need.

What to do in case of mild symptoms?

If you have these mild symptoms and experience no other health problems, there is no need to be worried. In most cases, your symptoms disappear after a few days.

Be sure to call your GP if you are worried. Moreover, your pharmacist can help you find the right medicines to relieve your symptoms.

Here are some tips:

  • First of all, rest well and make sure you are warm and drink enough.
  • Isolate yourself until the symptoms pass, regardless of whether you have Covid-19, the flu or another respiratory infection.
  • Do a self-test for Covid-19.
  • Protect your most vulnerable loved ones: isolate yourself whenever possible or wear a face mask and ventilate common living spaces regularly, both in case of a positive and a negative Covid-19 test.
  • Protect others when moving around by wearing a face mask on public transport and in non-ventilated, enclosed spaces.
Created on 19/01/2023 (modified on 19/01/2023)