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Shortness Of Breath

GatherWell COVID Testing -  - On-Site Laboratory Services

GatherWell COVID Testing

On-Site Laboratory Services, COVID Testing, and Testing Center located in Ham Lake, Elk River, Edina, MN, and U.S. Bank Stadium

Shortness of breath is a frightening symptom that may develop from any number of causes, including COVID-19. If you’re experiencing shortness of breath and have concerns about the highly contagious disease, the team at GatherWell Rapid COVID Testing can provide the answers you need. To schedule an appointment for your COVID test, call the office in Ham Lake, Elk River, and Edina Minnesota, or book online today.

Shortness of Breath Q & A


What is shortness of breath?

Shortness of breath, medically known as dyspnea, is a terrifying symptom that makes it feel as though you can’t breathe in enough air. With shortness of breath, you may feel symptoms such as:

  • Tightness in your chest
  • Air hunger
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Breathlessness

The severity of your shortness of breath may depend on the cause. 

What causes shortness of breath?

There are many conditions that may cause shortness of breath. You may experience short bouts of difficulty breathing after strenuous exercise or extreme weather changes. A change in altitude may also cause breathlessness.

However, shortness of breath may also be a sign of a more serious illness, such as:

  • Pneumonia
  • A heart condition
  • Asthma
  • Chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD)
  • Collapsed lung
  • Obesity

Shortness of breath is also one of the symptoms of COVID-19. 

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which is a virus discovered in late 2019. COVID-19 affects the respiratory system, and shortness of breath is one of the common symptoms of the disease.

Other symptoms of COVID-19 include:

In some people, COVID-19 may lead to respiratory failure, which is a life-threatening condition that requires hospitalization and respiratory support. 

Should I get tested for COVID-19 for my shortness of breath?

Check with your provider to see if you would benefit from COVID-19 testing at GatherWell if you’re experiencing shortness of breath or any of the other symptoms associated with the disease. You should also get tested if you’ve been in close contact with someone who tested positive. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, contact your health care provider, or call 911.

GatherWell Rapid COVID Testing offers same-day appointments, as well as a mobile service for on-site group testing. 

Shortness of breath is a scary symptom that may be one of the signs of COVID-19. For peace of mind, call your provider to ask if a COVID-19 test is right for you. GatherWell has same-day testing available.