A CORK GP has appealed for people to ensure that they make contact with their doctor early if they have any signs or symptoms of Covid-19, amid some concerns that people with symptoms are waiting up to five days before they seek a test.
Dr Mary Favier, President of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) said that many people were taking three to five days to present if they had symptoms of Covid-19 whereas in the early days, “when many people had Covid on their mind” she said people were contacting their doctor the same day they experienced symptoms.
“We are really trying to encourage people to present early, to go back to that heightened awareness we had in March and April,” Dr Favier said.
The Cork doctor said that in many cases people in Cork who contacted their GP with symptoms would receive a Covid-19 test either on the same day or the next day.
Meanwhile, Dr Favier said that a small observed increase in Covid-19 activity which, while not unexpected, is being watched closely.
A number of new cases of Covid-19 have been reported from Cork in recent days.
The latest data shows that up to July 5, 1,642 cases had been reported from Cork, up from 1,536 the previous week.
Nationally, 65 additional cases were reported in the week from July 1st to July 7th.
“Things are ok as they stand, but there’s a concern that there is a little bit more increased activity, a little bit more referral for tests, but they are very small numbers,” she said.
The Cork doctor said that the cases which are being seen now would relate to exposure from around a week ago.
“If you are exposed today, Wednesday, it takes three to five days to get symptoms, and maybe one to two days or even three days, sometimes longer unfortunately, before people think they should contact their GP. Then there’s usually a same-day or next day test, so there’s a minimum of a week [from exposure] if not ten days, and so anything we are seeing now is from at least a week ago,” she said.