The coronavirus pandemic occurs at a time when access to information is greater than ever. But that also carries a greater risk of misinformation. To combat that, Texas Standard is collaborating with Dr. Fred Campbell, an internal medicine physician and associate professor of medicine at UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine, to answer listeners' questions about the coronavirus and their health.
Can you get COVID-19, get it back, and then get it back?
The data related to this question is limited for COVID-19. However, it is unusual for people who have contracted influenza or other coronaviruses [the common cold to be one] to relapse once they have completely overcome the disease. However, it is possible, especially for people who have a compromised immune system.
How do I notice the difference between allergies and COVID-19?
Some people have experienced a COVID-19 infection with allergy-like symptoms, including a stuffy nose or mild cough, without "red flag" symptoms such as fever of 100 degrees or more, shortness of breath, or severe, dry cough. . . Sneezing is a possible symptom of COVID-19, but it is more closely related to other diseases. In mild cases of COVID-19, it can be difficult to distinguish it from allergies. But doctors only recommend seeking medical attention if you experience the most severe red flag symptoms.
How common is it that people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms?
Virtually everyone who contracts COVID-19 has an asymptomatic period, which can last for several days. Unfortunately, this period can be when the virus spreads more easily. But although some people have very mild infections, it seems that everyone who gets the virus will experience at least some symptoms.
Digital story edited by Caroline Covington.