So You Have COVID-19, Now What?

Friday, January 07, 2022

Most people who have COVID-19 will experience mild-moderate symptoms and can self-manage their illness at home.

However, some symptoms are serious and should not be ignored so it is very important to watch your symptoms and understand when you might need to seek medical assistance, either via telehealth or urgent care.

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Most people will only experience mild symptoms and can manage at home.

Stay home and isolate unless you need to seek urgent medical assistance. 

Common mild symptoms:

  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • dry cough
  • runny nose
  • reduced taste and/or smell

Managing mild symptoms at home:

  • rest
  • eat well
  • drink plenty of fluids
  • taking any medicines discussed with my GP/health professional
  • staying active within my house and/or garden

Moderate symptoms:

  • temperature about 38 degrees
  • vomiting or diarrhoea
  • mild breathlessness or a persistent cough
  • feeling abnormally tired and weak
  • worsening aches and pains

Managing moderate symptoms at home

If you are experiencing moderate symptoms contact your GP as soon as possible.

If they are not available contact My Emergency Doctor 

Severe symptoms:

  • severe shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • lips or face turning blue
  • pain or pressure in my chest
  • skin cold and clammy, or pale and blotchy
  • finding it difficult to keep my eyes open
  • little or no urine output (not passing much urine)
  • coughing up blood
  • fainting
  • confusion (eg I can’t recall the day, time or names)

Seek Help

If you have severe symptoms seek emergency medical assitance and let them know you have COVID-19