What Are the Current COVID-19 Symptoms?

COVID-19 cases are on the rise again around the country. We are thankful that the numbers haven’t reached pandemic level heights yet, but we all need to be hyper-vigilant right now to avoid getting sick.

Remember, you can still get sick from COVID-19 this year even if you have already had it in years past. Knowing what symptoms to look for and how to avoid getting sick is key to staying healthy.

Our AFC Urgent Care Gastonia team explains more about the current symptoms to watch for and what to do if you start feeling sick, so check it out below.

Can You Get Sick From COVID-19 Twice in a Year?

Unfortunately, you can. The coronavirus is constantly mutating and evolving into different variants and strains, so you can get sick with one variant and quickly get sick from another after you recover. This is true for everyone, but especially for people with weakened immune systems to begin with.

This is why we encourage frequent testing! Knowing what you are sick with faster can ensure you remove yourself from work or school right away. It is also important because there are a few antiviral drug treatments on the market that can help you avoid serious symptoms, but they work best when taken right at your symptom onset. Come see us for a quick test any day of the week.

Common COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Sudden fever
  • Chills
  • Persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue or muscle aches

How Can I Prevent COVID-19 This Year?

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 remains one of the most reliable ways to avoid serious symptoms. You should have already gotten your initial vaccine in years past, but it’s important to stay current with booster shots, too. The latest boosters will be available beginning in late September or October.

If COVID-19 does make you sick this year, remember that quarantining yourself is still the most important thing to do. Stay home and avoid contact with friends and family. Rest, hydrate and monitor your symptoms. It is important to remember that most cases aren’t serious or deadly, but you should always err on the side of caution and be seen if you are concerned about any symptoms you have.

Warning Signs for COVID-19

  • Respiratory distress
  • Persistent chest pain or pressure
  • Confusion
  • Pale, gray or blue-colored skin and lips

Feeling ill? Stop by for a COVID-19 rapid test at AFC Urgent Care Gastonia.