If you have COVID-19, experts advise staying at home in isolation if possible. But if you have symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain, go straight to the hospital — even if you do not have the coronavirus. That is one of the emergency rules medical professionals say must be followed, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
“If you have a sudden onset of symptoms such as not being able to catch your breath, pressure and pain in the chest, nausea to where you can’t keep water down, ongoing diarrhea and light headedness, for example, seek immediate medical care,” said Dr. Imran Naqvi, associate program director of internal medicine at the Jewish Hospital at Mercy Health in Cincinnati.
Dr. James Horn, an emergency specialist at St. Elizabeth Healthcare advises consulting with your healthcare professional first, but added that if the symptoms you are experiencing become unbearable, go to the hospital. Shortness of breath simply walking across the room would be an emergency signal, he said, according to the Enquirer.
If your child is feeling poorly with COVID-19, it is best to call your pediatrician for advice or schedule a telehealth visit, said Dr. Mary Carol Burkhardt, of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. “It’s important that your child can breathe comfortably and tolerate fluids,” she said. “If you child is having significant trouble breathing or can’t catch his or her breath, you child needs to be seen by a healthcare provider right away.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a list of emergency warning signs for COVID-19 that include:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips of face
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