COVID-19, to say the least, has been an unpredictable virus. With symptoms differing in every case, it has been difficult to pinpoint what to expect when experiencing this sickness.
However, there is some good news as recent studies have shown that COVID-19 often shows similar initial symptoms, so read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga provides some helpful info.
What Are the First Symptoms of COVID-19?
According to recent studies done by the University of Southern California (USC), fever, cough and muscle pain, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea are generally the first symptoms to show themselves. Additionally, USC’s researches say that those symptoms generally show up in that order.
Like we said earlier, however, COVID-19 cases tend to look different in each case, so symptoms aren’t the same for everyone. If you experience any of the below-mentioned COVID-19 symptoms, it’s vital to schedule a test ASAP.
Common COVID-19 Symptoms
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
How Can I Tell That I Don’t Have the Flu?
USC’s recent studies showed that the flu generally starts with a cough, while a fever is usually the first COVID-19 symptom.
If you are still confused about what you are coming down with, the best way to diagnose your symptoms is by, first, getting a COVID-19 test.
Ways to Stay Healthy This Winter
- Wear a mask in public.
- Remain six feet apart from others outside the home.
- Frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- If you don’t have access to soap and water, use alcohol-rich hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Have you recently experienced any of these symptoms or have been exposed to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19? If so, schedule your COVID-19 test at AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga right away. We’re always here for you, so don’t hesitate to call or visit us if you have any other general health concerns!