One of the most insidious aspects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is that the symptoms are similar to so many other minor ailments. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a ton of important information on the coronavirus, but there’s so much information that it can be hard to find what you need. Here are a few important pieces from the CDC website, on how to identify symptoms of the coronavirus and when to seek treatment.
CDC Resources for COVID-19
This online coronavirus program walks you through a short series of questions to determine your risk factors and suggest a course of action. To use the self-checker, just visit the CDC website.
List of General Symptoms
Below is the CDC’s list of general symptoms. These symptoms can appear 2 days up to 2 weeks after you’ve become infected, and they can vary from very mild to severe:
- Shortness of breath
List of Emergency Warning Signs
The following are the CDC’s emergency warning signs. This list is not all-inclusive, so the CDC reminds you to consult a physician first.
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
Evaluating High-Risk Patients
People meeting any of the following criteria are at high risk, according to the CDC:
- People aged 65 years and older
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
- Other high-risk conditions could include:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
- People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] >40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk
- People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with a severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown an increased risk
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To learn more about how the coronavirus is affecting nursing homes and their residents, visit our coronavirus update blog. To contact our team, call (410) 698-1717 today for a consultation.