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Should I Visit Someone With Covid19 In Hospital

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gordiescotland1 | 15:06 Sat 02nd Dec 2023 | Body & Soul
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Hi there a very good friend of mine has an autoimmune disorder called sarcoidosis he got Covid 4 weeks ago and just never recovered. He tested negative after 7 days but this week was admitted to hospital for further treatment to a general ward. Today he has tested positive again. Temp 38.9c he is not in isolation God knows why. He had all the vaccines. When he was admitted he messagesed me and said I could come and see him today. I have had 5 injections and natural immunity having had it once. I'm wondering whether I should take a calculated risk and put a mask on and go and see him he is quite isolated 



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There are people on here who would say masks don't protect you.  But I believe they do help a little.  I personally wouldn't visit someone with covid in hospital or in their home.  If he's in a ward with others that don't have covid, I would call that bad practice, but nowadays it seems they are not as careful as they were years ago when those with infectious illnesses were separated from others.

I would advise you to phone the hospital for their advice on visiting.

As the hospital seems to be guilty of bad practice I woudn't call them for advice.  Perhaps try 111?

Your probably right Ladybirder!!

From experience this year, I've  noticed a lot of bad practice right across the  board in hospital wards.  And a lot of bad hygiene

Well since your friend has Covid and the main concern seems to be the risk to yourself of catching it, what other precautions have you taken recently to minimise that? If you have taken none, then I would suggest you have as much chance of contracting Covid from your friend as you have from contracting it from anybody else whom you may sit and have a chat with.

The Covid virus (SARS-Cov-2) is now endemic throughout the world. We shall all be exposed to it multiple times throughout our lives. The only way to eliminate that risk is to avoid all contact with any other human beings - forever. 

You can minimise the risk to yourself if you wear an FFP3 mask mask:;adgrpid=53963397100&hvadid=259111363815&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9044980&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=14392776613449623227&hvtargid=kwd-301524206070&hydadcr=19363_1810957&tag=googhydr-21&ref=pd_sl_9eqh9jyxc9_e

If worn correctly and handled in accordance with the manufacturers' instructions, these will provide you with about 99% protection. But as soon as you remove it, you're back to the general exposure I mentioned above.

Come what may, I would still ring the hospital to find out what visiting rules are.

When my Mum was in hospital* and got the dreaded CDiff, the protective/isolation precautions were very strictly adhered to.

*Brundall Ward, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

A  bit different now Canary!  I have spent many weeks there recently for three different things.  ICU was excellent.  The other two wards were far from it.  So I've decided to spend some money next week and going privately to Spire for a day procedure and 3 days later for a consultation with a back surgeon.  We can't holiday or socialise any more so I'm quite happy to pay.  The last time I had an op there it was like a holiday!

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