Written by: Centre for Men's Health
The health and wellbeing of the Centre for Men’s Health’s patients, staff and doctors are always of the highest importance to the Centre. In this context, we remain vigilant about the risks of Covid-19.
Following a review of Covid-19 prevention measures, the following precautions are now being operated in our clinics in London and Manchester:
- Patients are asked not to attend and to rebook their appointments if they have either tested positive for Covid-19 or are clearly symptomatic for the virus (see note below);
- Wearing of face masks is no longer compulsory for patients, staff or doctors. However, they can be supplied and worn on request.
- Staff and doctors are advised to continue to perform regular hand hygiene, maintain social distancing wherever possible and to clean shared equipment and high touch surfaces regularly.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including good diet and exercise, is recognized as being even more important than normal with the continued risk from Covid-19, alongside following government guidance on avoiding infection. There is some evidence that testosterone may also play a part in maintaining men’s defences against the virus. If you have seen articles about testosterone and Covid-19 and want to know more, the Centre for Men’s Health has published an update to keep you informed.
Symptoms of COVID-19
COVID-19 can present with a range of symptoms of varying severity. It is estimated that 1 in 3 people have COVID-19 without displaying any symptoms.
The main symptoms include fever, a new and continuous cough, anosmia (loss of smell) and ageusia (loss of taste).
Examples of other symptoms include, shortness of breath, unexplained tiredness or fatigue, loss of appetite, myalgia (muscle ache), sore throat, headache, nasal congestion (stuffy nose), runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting. Older people may present with less common symptoms.
In some individuals cough or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of smell or taste may persist for several weeks. This is not considered an indication of ongoing infection when other symptoms have resolved.
Individuals who are infected with SARS-CoV-2 and who are asymptomatic can still transmit virus to others, however there is emerging evidence suggesting that asymptomatic cases are less infectious than symptomatic cases.
Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 occurs from 9 days before symptom onset to 15 days after symptom onset, with most transmission occurring 3 days before symptom onset to 5 days after symptom onset.
Please note: A cancellation fee of £150 will apply for late notice (48-hours; 2 business days or less).