COVID-19 Warning Signs
Researchers around the world continue to investigate why the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) affects various people so differently. Some individuals remain completely asymptomatic, while others experience only mild symptoms that resolve fairly quickly. Still others—including some people who are relatively young and otherwise healthy—develop serious health complications that require hospitalization.
Until scientists learn more about COVID-19, no one can be considered completely safe from it. What’s more, seemingly healthy people who are infected can easily and unknowingly spread the virus. Therefore, at MedRite Urgent Care, we encourage everyone to take proactive steps to protect themselves and others, and this includes learning about the symptoms. Here’s what to watch for:
If the novel coronavirus produces symptoms, they usually become apparent within two to 14 days after exposure. Often described as flu-like, COVID-19 symptoms may include:
- Fever or chills
- A persistent dry cough
- Shortness of breath
Some people also experience:
- Unexplained fatigue
- Body aches
- Nasal congestion or a runny nose
- A sore throat
- A loss of taste or smell
- Nausea or vomiting
Who Has a Greater Risk of Developing COVID-19 Complications?
Based on what is currently known about COVID-19, certain individuals may have a heightened risk of developing serious complications. These individuals include:
- Adults 65 and older
- Residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities
- Those who have a compromised immune system
- Those who have an underlying medical condition, such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
Should You Be Tested for COVID-19?
The novel coronavirus can be diagnosed with a nasopharyngeal swab. MedRite Urgent Care offers this test at several certified testing centers, including locations in New York, New Jersey, and Miami Beach. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or you believe you have been exposed to the novel coronavirus and would like to be tested, you can register for a test here.
In the meantime, you should isolate yourself as much as possible. This means staying at home and away from other people, including your family and other members of your household. Ideally, you should use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if available, and practice social distancing by keeping a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others at all times.
If you experience potentially life-threatening symptoms at any time, such as difficulty breathing or chest pain, you should call 911 or proceed directly to the nearest hospital emergency room.
We Remain Here for You
Your health and well-being are important to the team at MedRite Care, and we want you to know that we are doing everything possible to keep you safe and informed during these uncertain times. If you aren’t feeling well, stop by one of our walk-in clinics, and we’ll take care of you right away.