COVID-19: What Is It?
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause symptoms such as a fever, a cough, and trouble breathing. In severe cases, it can cause pneumonia and make it hard to breathe without help from a machine. It can cause death.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): When to call
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if you have life-threatening symptoms, such as:
- You have severe trouble breathing. (You can't talk at all.)
- You have constant chest pain or pressure.
- You are severely dizzy or lightheaded.
- You are confused or can't think clearly.
- You have pale, gray, or blue-colored skin or lips.
- You pass out (lose consciousness) or are very hard to wake up.
Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:
- You have moderate trouble breathing. (You can’t speak a full sentence.)
- You are coughing up blood (more than about 1 teaspoon).
- You have signs of low blood pressure. These include feeling lightheaded; being too weak to stand; and having cold, pale, clammy skin.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:
- Your symptoms get worse.
- You are not getting better as expected.
- You have new or worse symptoms of anxiety, depression, nightmares, or flashbacks.
Call before you go to the doctor's office. Follow their instructions. And wear a mask.
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