COVID Special


Preparing for winter in times of COVID-19

COVID Special

Because winter is a cold season, we tend to spend more time in closed spaces with less air circulation. This can facilitate the spread of airborne infectious agents, which increases the probability of contracting acute respiratory diseases. It is therefore important to prepare for the arrival of winter.


At this time of year, it is essential to help strengthen the immune system by using foods rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E, as well as selenium and zinc. For example, did you know that soup is an excellent option to combat cold, hunger, dehydration and also enriches the body with fibre, vitamins and minerals?

And when food is not enough? 

If you cannot get the necessary nutrients and substances from food, ask your pharmacist or dietician to help you choose a food supplement that is right for you and your needs! Food supplements available on the market, positioned for the normal functioning of the immune system, contain ingredients such as vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, echinacea and propolis.

Physical activity...

Physical activity is fundamental to your health and helps you feel good! Being physically active every day of the year can help prevent conditions such as flu and colds. As well as strengthening muscles and bones, it relieves stress, helps you sleep better and helps boost the immune system. A physically active adult or older person should accumulate 150 minutes of moderate physical activity throughout the week.


Annual vaccination is the most effective way to prevent flu, complemented with respiratory etiquette measures. The vaccine offers high protection, helping our body to create defences against the virus, decreasing the probability of contracting flu. In addition to the flu vaccine, vaccination against pneumococcal infections may be indicated for some groups - ask your doctor or pharmacist!


If you have fever (T>38°), persistent cough with no other cause explaining this symptom or difficulty breathing you should call the SNS 24 Line (808 24 24 24).



Fever and Pain

  • Antipyretic (to bring down fever) and analgesic (to relieve pain) medicines 

  A stuffy or runny nose

  • Sea water
  • Nasal decongestant
  • Antihistamines (to help decrease the dripping and itchy nose)


  • Mucolytics (coughing with sputum) 
  • Antitussives (dry cough) 

Sore throat and hoarseness 

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Tablets with a local anaesthetic or anti-inflammatory agent 

Scabies and chilblains

  • Lipstick of the cypress 
  • Moisturiser in the form of cream or ointment for chilblains


Medication - prepare the prescriptions you need to collect in advance: if it is an electronic prescription, you can prepare the message so that it is quicker to tell the pharmacy employee the codes.

Home Delivery - to avoid unnecessary trips to the pharmacy, inquire about the availability of this service.

1400 Line - by dialling 1400 (free call, 24 hours a day), you can book or order medicines and health products from your pharmacy of choice and arrange collection or delivery at home.

Pharmaceutical Services - while with extra care, your pharmacy is available to help you by providing pharmaceutical services. Contact your pharmacy for scheduling.

Masks and disinfectant gel - count on your pharmacy to purchase disinfectant gel and the most appropriate masks for you. Also take the opportunity to clarify any doubts you may have about how to put on and remove the mask, to ensure your safety.


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