COVID-19 Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore
My team and I have screened over 500 patients for COVID-19 in the last two weeks. Of those, we tested nearly 200 individuals and are continuing to monitor 27 patients who were positive for the novel coronavirus. You’ve heard the most common symptoms – fever, shortness of breath, cough and respiratory symptoms – but I want to point out that there are other things to watch out for, too. If you are feeling ill, please listen to your body and don’t wait too long to consult with a physician.
A recently published study that looked at a sample of people in China, indicates that GI symptoms may be a sign of the novel coronavirus. While a larger study is needed, doctors in the United States are beginning to report seeing GI symptoms as well. At Innovative Express Care, approximately five percent of our COVID-19 positive patients have had GI symptoms.
Severe malaise, body aches
Many patients report feeling achy and weak throughout their body. This feeling is sometimes mistaken for the flu, so pay attention to respiratory symptoms that also develop and if you are questioning whether or not your symptoms may be COVID-19, consult with your doctor.
Loss of smell and/or taste
Recently, a group of British doctors reported hearing from experts around the world that loss of senses, specifically taste and smell, may be associated with the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
While this may not be on the list of official symptoms to watch out for, it is something we have seen in our patient population at Innovative Express Care. It’s important to pay attention to your health. Not every patient will have the classic symptoms and be a textbook case. If you are concerned and have questions, please schedule a consultation with your doctor, particularly if you have underlying health conditions that could make you at a higher risk of developing complications from the virus.
If you are feeling ill, please stay home. If you are well, stay home. It is critical that we curb the spread of COVID-19. Innovative Express Care is using telemedicine to screen patients for COVID-19. If a test is warranted, we see patients at our outdoor medical testing tent to limit exposure to the virus. Simply pull up and wait in your car. One of our clinicians will come to you. For more information, visit Innovativecorona.com.