The world is on edge. Suddenly, every cough or sniffle that we once wouldn’t have batted an eyelash at has us all googling symptoms of the new coronavirus disease.We’re feeling extra afraid, especially if we’re over 60 or have other health issues. While most of us will recover from COVID-19 if we get it, the more vulnerable populations have a lot to worry about. It makes total sense that all of our alarm bells are going off.
Another challenge is that it’s the end of cold season and the beginning of allergy season. So it doesn’t help that COVID-19 can resemble allergies, the common cold, or the flu. Or it can look like absolutely nothing.
You could be walking around without any symptoms at all and still have the virus. Even if you aren’t terribly worried about your own health, you can transmit it to others whose health might be more precarious. To say this is a confusing time to know whether you’re healthy or not would be a massive understatement.
To make matters worse, you can’t be running off to the doctor over every sniffle when there could be other people with the virus sitting in waiting rooms. Plus, experts are advising us to stay home and treat symptoms unless we urgently need help, have other health conditions, or are in the vulnerable age group.
The only real way to diagnose the new coronavirus is by getting tested. But there some important symptoms we should all be on the lookout for.
As a parent, I’ve been on high alert, especially because my kids have pretty much been sick on and off most of the winter. Now all of the sudden their coughs and sniffles are a bit frightening. Practically every time I hand one of them a tissue, I feel my anxieties spike.