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Can I get tested for Covid-19 in UAE?

If you’re worried about a persistent cough, breathing problems, high temperature, or can’t shake off a cold, it’s possible you’ve been infected by the new coronavirus. Individuals that have recently returned from overseas, and people from vulnerable groups need to be particularly careful. Although coronavirus testing is available for walk-in patients, drive through coronavirus test centres have also been established.

About the UAE drive through test centres

Drive through test centres are now available in Dubai Festival City and Abu Dhabi. Current test station locations include Al Qusais, Discovery Gardens, and Silicon Oasis. Further test stations are planned at International City and Al Warqa.

It’s not currently possible to check out all UAE citizens at this moment. Of course, if you do have the virus, it is important you get tested as soon as possible, so you need to take the following steps:

How to get tested for Covid-19 at the new UAE drive through centres

1. You’ll firstly need to complete the online health assessment tool to confirm you’re eligible for testing. At the moment the priority is to test the most vulnerable citizens, and people displaying symptoms within 14 days of return from overseas. The online chatbot walks you through the assessment, and is designed to pick up all indications of added vulnerability, such as hypertension or pregnancy. Your recent contact history will also be examined, so it’s important to be open about any contact you’ve had with other people already diagnosed with coronavirus.

2. The chatbot also provides detailed advice about action you should take, including quarantine or self isolation.

3. Your self assessment test will indicate whether you need to chat further with one of the available doctors. If this is the case, you will be forwarded for a tele-consultation and may also be given an appointment to attend your local drive through Covid-19 testing station.

4. If you are eligible for Covid-19 testing, simply arrive at the designated test station at the time of your appointment. You will be given a nasal swab by the nurse at the second checkpoint, and there is absolutely no need to leave your vehicle at all.

5. You will be advised of the results of your test within two or three days, and should self isolate until your Covid-19 test results are received

Your drive through Covid-19 test will cost Dh425 and this could possibly be covered by your existing health cover. We’re proud to offer all UAE residents the best guide on comparing health insurance, find out more about insurance in the UAE at Compare Insurance today!

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Travel Insurance

What you need to know about Covid-19

COVID-19 is a very hot topic right now. For a great many of you that are planning to travel and have purchased travel insurance, you will want to know what you can do and where you stand.

What is it?

COVID-19 is thought to have started with animals, which is similar to viruses that have appeared before.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

In most cases, it has mild symptoms and closely resembles the common cold and in more significant cases, the flu.
The symptoms include:

– Shortness of breath
– Fever
– A constant cough
– Runny nose

It is possible that it can spread before symptoms appear making it difficult to contain.

How can I limit my exposure?

The best approach is to practice good hygiene by doing the following:

– Limiting contact with those that exhibit the conditions.
– Wash your hands frequently.
– Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
– Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and mouth with your hands.
– Not sharing bedding and utensils with anyone that is unwell.

Is it safe to travel?

If you travel to parts of the world where the virus is prevalent, then this could result in a quarantine period. However, there is no direct danger if you travel elsewhere.

How can I prepare for a trip?

Your travel plans may not be affected, but you can prepare:

– Check Government websites for travel advice for your destination.
– Talk to your doctor if you are travelling with a child, are pregnant or have weak immunity.
– Consult with your transport provider for advice on possible disruptions.
– Stay healthy by eating foods that boost immunity.

What should I do if I have returned and feel unwell?

If you have a cough, difficulty breathing and fever, then you need to seek medical care. These symptoms can have different causes, including COVID-19.

You need to tell your health care provider if you have been to China or other high-risk countries where COVID-19 has been reported.

It is important to note to phone your local hospital or doctor before you arrive as this will allow the medical teams to make preparations before your arrival.

Finally…

Whatever you decide, you need to ensure that you have comprehensive trip insurance. For the latest prices and up-to-date information on the best travel insurance click here.

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Health Insurance

Does my UAE health insurance cover me against Covid-19?

Global panic in stock markets around the world, as well as the World Health Organisation’s concerns about the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus), are causing many UAE residents to query whether their current health insurance cover provides essential protection. If your existing health insurance is provided by your employer, you’ll need to speak with your manager or occupational health team about this; however, the CompareInsurance team has issued this update for anyone in the UAE with private health care insurance.

Worried about UAE health care insurance cover against Covid-19?

You will already have seen and read lots of news stories about Covid-19, and Gulf News is running a story about ways to protect yourself against catching the virus while at work or travelling. One of the most common queries about the virus relates to health insurances, and whether cover will be available. This will all depend on the type of medical health insurance you have. The quickest way to discover if you’re covered is to get in touch with your insurer direct – this is especially vital if you’ve recently returned from countries like China, Iran or Italy.

It’s likely that your health care insurance will cover you for treatment if you do develop Covid-19, as it is a viral infection. Some individuals do have medical exclusions noted on their Certificates of Insurance. For example, if your Certificate has an exclusion for any respiratory conditions or any pre-existing condition that could be impacted by Covid-19, then you may not be covered for diagnosis or treatment if you develop the infection.

Income protection insurance can help if you need to self-isolate

Many Dubai and UAE employers are stressing the importance of self-isolation if you have worries about visits to areas that have already been severely affected by Covid-19. One way to protect your income throughout any long term self-isolation is via an income protection plan. Just so long as your existing health insurances don’t include medical exclusions, an income protection policy could be the perfect insurance protection needed. You can browse our website to discover more, or chat with one of our experts online to discuss any issues or concerns you may have.

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