Dementia care: symptoms and signs of coronavirus include delirium

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If these are the only symptoms, the NHS 111 online advice for most people with dementia is rest, paracetamol and drinking lots of fluids.

Delirium is serious, however, so NHS 111 advises online to call 111 and wait until you speak to a nurse.

“Some people with coronavirus have respiratory problems, often starting about a week after the onset of fever and cough,” notes the Alzheimer Society.

If the person is having difficulty breathing – such as being unable to speak more than a few words – call 999 for an ambulance, the charity advises.

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