- While most COVID-19 symptoms are mild, there are a few acute symptoms that warrant immediate medical attention.
- According to the CDC, some of these warning signs include breathing problems, confusion and inability to stay awake.
- To date, the United States has seen more than 24.5 million cases of coronavirus and more than 408,000 associated deaths.
With the United States still seeing close to 200,000 new coronavirus infections per day, it is as important as ever for people to be familiar with common COVID-19 symptoms. And because COVID symptoms tend to reflect symptoms commonly seen with the flu, it is equally important for people to be tested for the virus if they have been exposed to someone who may have it, or if they begin to notice symptoms. .
Although many of the most common COVID symptoms are probably familiar to most people now (ie fever, chills, cough, body aches, sudden loss of taste and smell, fatigue), there are a few COVID warnings that warrant immediate medical attention. .
According to the CDC, there are five coronavirus symptoms that should prompt someone to call 911 or immediately go to a nearby emergency room. This list contains:
- Problems breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake up or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
The CDC adds that if any of the above symptoms manifest you, you should tell your 911 operator or doctor that you may have COVID.
“This list is not all possible symptoms,” says the CDC. “Call your doctor for any other symptoms that are serious or affecting you.”
While many people who encounter COVID are asymptomatic or show mild symptoms, a severe case of coronavirus is particularly nasty and can cause chaos throughout the patient’s body. Apart from lung and heart damage, many COVID patients have indicated that they often experience lingering symptoms for weeks and even months after the initial diagnosis. This phenomenon has been categorized as Long COVID, and, apart from physical symptoms, it has also been shown to have a detrimental cognitive effect.
A study conducted late last year found that the cognitive decline in some Long COVID patients who originally required hospitalization is equivalent to 10 years of brain aging. Some specific cognitive symptoms include memory problems, difficulty concentrating on specific tasks, confusion and even minor personality changes.
Suffice it to say that coronavirus is at its worst an exceptionally ugly and dangerous virus, and people should be aware of when it is important to seek medical help.
As it looks now, January is developing into the worst month of the entire pandemic, a dynamic that many health experts predicted due to Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Despite the CDC urging everyone to stay home, millions of Americans threw caution against the wind and returned home in December. Therefore, it is no surprise that the United States began to see a massive increase in the infection rate from the end of December to the beginning of January.
With February around the corner, the good news is that the infection rate is finally starting to go down. While the total number of new cases is still in the range of 180,000 to 200,000, the infection rate has decreased by almost 17% in the last two weeks. This, combined with what we only hope will be an accelerated vaccination program, will ideally help the United States achieve herd immunity sometime this summer.