We are the combination of four hospitals: the General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital, the Women’s Hospital and the Traumatology, Rehabilitation and Burns Hospital. We are part of the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus: a world-leading health park where healthcare plays a crucial role.
Below we will list the departments and units that form part of Vall d’Hebron Hospital and the main diseases that we treat. We will also make recommendations based on advice backed up by scientific evidence that has been shown to be effective in guaranteeing well-being and quality of life.
We will guide you from your first visit to the centre, allowing you to find all the departments and make the most of our facilities. Whatever the reason for your visit, we will explain how to get about the hospital.
The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is a virus known as acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 that was first observed in Wuhan (Hubei, China) in December 2019. This new virus is the cause of an infectious disease, known as COVID- 19, which causes respiratory infections to people. In most cases, eight out of ten, the symptoms are mild.
It is important to contact 061 in case of fever, cough, shortness of breath and if you have traveled or have been in contact with a person from the highest risk areas. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus as an international public health crisis.
Coronavirus is a family of viruses that circulates among animals. Some types of coronaviruses can also affect people, causing respiratory infections, such as the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
In 80% of cases, the symptoms are mild and can be confused with those of a flu:
These symptoms may appear gradually accompanied by nasal congestion or sore throat. Moderate cases may be accompanied by a feeling of shortness of breath and, in the most severe, the infection causes more severe complications, such as pneumonia.
According to current data, there are people who have become infected but have not developed any symptoms or are ill. Although in most cases the symptoms are mild, some people, with a more severe prognosis, have died.
The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus can infect anyone, regardless of their age. Even so, two groups with greater risk have been detected:
The risk of infection is higher in those areas where there are cases of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus diagnosed. Therefore, everyone needs to take protective measures, such as maintaining good hand hygiene or covering their mouths with their elbows or with a tissue when coughing.
Studies conducted so far suggest that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is transmitted by air, from person to person, through droplets from the nose or mouth that are spread when an infected person coughs or exhales. Contagion occurs when these droplets are exhaled by a healthy person or when they fall on an object or surface that the person subsequently touches and then, without disinfecting the hands, touches the eyes, nose or mouth.
Between infection with the virus and the appearance of the first symptoms of the ailment, it is estimated that there may be an incubation period of between one and fourteen days. On average it is estimated that this is five days.
The diagnosis is made through a specific COVID-19 detection test.
Currently, there is no specific treatment for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, only supportive treatment. In milder cases, the treatment is similar to the flu: pain relievers to control fever and stay properly hydrated.
In the most severe cases, if the patient requires ventilatory support, due to pneumonia or respiratory failure, the patient is admitted to the ICU.
In addition, clinical trials are being conducted to find a specific vaccine or drug treatment to predict or treat COVID-19.
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