How to respond to respiratory illness
So, what should people do if they begin to experience respiratory symptoms but are unsure whether it’s a common cold, COVID-19 or something in-between?
“It’s a good idea to get tested for COVID if you develop cold or flu symptoms and contact your physician if you are concerned about your symptoms,” Dr. Shirazi says. “If you test positive, you should isolate at home to avoid spreading
Dr. Shirazi also advises people to seek immediate medical care if they develop any of the following symptoms after a positive COVID-19 test result:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- Confusion or altered mental state
- Inability to wake up or stay awake
- Pale, gray or blue-colored skin, lips or nail beds
Doctors may also test for other illnesses, such as strep throat and the flu, and will treat patients accordingly if their results are positive. If you are diagnosed with any of these illnesses, the CDC recommends you take any prescribed medications and
stay home while you have symptoms — and at least 24 hours after your fever is gone — except to get medical care. Your fever is only considered truly gone if it goes down without the use of fever-reducing medication.
If you test negative for COVID-19 or other illnesses and don't require further medical care, you can likely treat any symptoms causing you discomfort at home. “Stay home, drink plenty of fluids, eat a healthy diet and give it time,” Dr. Shirazi
says. “Most colds run their course within a few days to a couple of weeks. If needed, you may take over-the-counter medications to ease fever, aches, cough or congestion.”
Visit our COVID-19 resource center for more information about vaccinations, screening, testing and treatment.
Source: Sharp Health News