5 Common Signs of COVID-19

5 Common Signs of COVID-19

COVID-19, an infection caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, passes through respiratory droplets and smaller aerosols. It is highly contagious, spreading from person to person after even just a few minutes of full exposure. This leads to an important question: Do you know the signs and symptoms of a potential COVID-19 infection

Knowing the common signs of COVID-19 is key to staying healthy and reducing the spread of the virus. You should also get tested right away if you’ve recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19. At GatherWell Rapid COVID Testing, our team offers a full range of testing options from locations in Ham Lake, Otsego, and Edina, Minnesota.

In the meantime, here are some of the common signs of COVID-19 you need to be on the lookout for this winter.

1. Loss of smell or taste

One of the most unusual early symptoms of many COVID-19 infections is losing one’s sense of smell and/or taste. Holiday treats might taste bland and seasonal candle scents could become muted. If you experience this symptom, get tested right away, as few conditions beside COVID-19 cause similar symptoms.

2. Shortness of breath

As a respiratory illness, COVID-19 attacks your lungs. If you have COVID-19, your lungs struggle to fully function, leaving you feeling out of breath when you wouldn’t usually be gasping or breathing heavily. If you’re short of breath after little exertion, you may need to get a COVID-19 test, especially if you notice other concerning symptoms as well.

3. Fever

It’s easy to check for a fever with a quick-response thermometer. Many businesses use body temperature screenings to check for potential COVID-19 cases. If you have an elevated temperature, get tested.

Not every fever will be COVID, but knowing your status lets you take steps to protect yourself and your community from COVID-19. If your test comes back positive, isolate yourself from others and talk to your doctor about the best treatments for your case.

4. Runny nose or sore throat

These symptoms are also common in simple colds, a seasonal risk at this time of year. If you or a loved one starts to suffer from a sore throat or runny nose, get tested to find out if you’re dealing with a common cold or a more potentially serious case of COVID-19.

5. Fatigue

COVID-19 puts your body through the wringer, causing symptoms like fatigue and muscle aches. While the holiday season can certainly be stressful enough to make you feel worn out or give you a lingering headache, if you continue to feel fatigued or achey, make an appointment at GatherWell for your quick, convenient COVID-19 test.

How to reduce your risk

To reduce your risk of contracting a severe case of COVID-19, get vaccinated with the multiple safe, effective, and FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines currently available. For some people, a booster shot may be needed to renew immunity. You can also reduce the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, avoiding crowded indoor locations, and washing your hands frequently.

To learn more about your COVID-19 testing options with GatherWell, including individual drive-up testing by appointment, mobile lab testing services, and even on-site bulk testing for groups and events, contact us over the phone or online today.

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