According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you should contact your healthcare provider if “you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing.” The World Health Organization (WHO) explains that “Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.”
After 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus, the CDC reports that fever, cough, and shortness of breath may be some of the symptoms experienced if one becomes infected. Additional symptoms often associated with COVID-19 are:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
The CDC warns that the public should be aware of the following emergency warning signs and seek immediate medical attention once these symptoms develop:
- Difficulty breathing.
- Persistent pressure or pain in the chest.
- Sudden confusion or “inability to arouse.”
- Bluish lips or face.
To speak with a healthcare provider to assess your non-emergency symptoms, please call (305)751-1500 for our Miami-Dade clinic or (954)289-0000 for our Broward clinic. For coronavirus updates and resources, please visit our website at www.primarymed.com.