New COVID-19 symptoms

COVID Toes is a symptom that has been grabbing headlines lately, so we asked Matt Gratton, M.D. about it.  Dr. Gratton said that the symptom, which is being described as a rash, is not very common right now among COVID-19 patients.  He also explained that people often get rashes with viral infections. While health officials may still not know for sure why these rashes are happening in COVID patients, doctors say rashes like this are just another way the body can respond to a virus.

The symptoms people really need to be on the lookout for are listed below.  While the Centers for Disease Control initially listed COVID-19 symptoms as cough, shortness of air and fever, new symptoms have been added to the list.

According to the CDC, symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

According to Dr. Gratton, a significant number of people have also experienced nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.

“Almost all of these symptoms can be called ‘flu-like’ and are similar to seasonal flu,” Dr. Gratton said.  Although he reminds us, “COVID-19 has a higher likelihood of causing serious illness, including hospitalization and death.”

So, what should you do if you have symptoms that concern you?  Dr. Gratton suggests the following options:

  • Stay home, self-isolate and try to treat your symptoms
  • Call TMC/UH’s COVID line at 816-404-CARE (2273) and discuss with the nurse who may offer:
    • An in-person visit
    • A tele-visit
    • A visit to one of our testing locations
      • Along with testing sites at both our downtown Health Sciences District (formerly Hospital Hill) and TMC Lakewood campuses, we are partnering with various community organizations to offer testing. Learn more here: https://trumed.org/covid-19
  • Call 911 and/or go to the ER if you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19.  Get medical attention immediately if you have:
    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to awaken
    • Bluish lips or face

Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.

*This recommendation and list, from cdc.gov, is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

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