In the age of COVID-19, if you develop a cough or shortness of breath it is often cause for alarm. What we might have taken in stride as a cold just a few years ago is now a serious concern.
We wonder: “Have I contracted COVID-19 or is it my asthma acting up?” How can you tell the difference between COVID-19 and asthma?
Symptoms of COVID-19 and asthma do overlap somewhat. It’s important to take a look at the similarities and differences to tell whether you have COVID-19 vs asthma:
|Fever of over 100.4||No fever|
|Coughing with or without wheeze||Audible cough and wheeze|
|Shortness of breath||Shortness of breath|
|Nasal congestion||Chest tightness and/or congestion|
|Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea||You have to stop talking to catch breath|
|Headache and fatigue||Fatigue|
|Muscle or body aches||Not able to perform daily activities|
|Swelling or rash on hands and feet|
|Loss of taste or smell|
If you’re concerned you have COVID-19:
- Isolate yourself from others and call your doctor for guidance.
- If you are having trouble breathing, call 911 — be sure to tell them you are concerned you might have COVID-19.
If you think you are having asthma issues:
- Follow your Asthma Action Plan.
- Use your quick-relief inhaler and other medications as prescribed.
- Call 911 if your symptoms become severe.
If you’re not sure what you’re struggling with:
- Call your doctor.
- While waiting to see your doctor, isolate yourself and keep those around you safe (clean surfaces, wear a face mask).
- Consider a telehealth visit to talk with your doctor without leaving your home.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, do your best to stay healthy. Eat well, get enough sleep, stay hydrated and exercise. Continue to follow the 3 Ws – Wash your hands, Watch your distance and Wear a mask. Get vaccinated when the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available to you.