Do you have symptoms of COVID-19?
Are you experiencing fever, cough, and shortness of breath? If you think you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or exposure, please stay at home to protect yourself and others. The best first step is one of our remote resources:
- Engage with our symptom checker chat box. Get your questions answered and be routed to the right care for your unique situation from this page.
- To support our community response to the coronavirus, we are expanding access to virtual urgent care. If you’re experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19, you may schedule a virtual visit. Symptoms may include low-grade fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Watch for symptoms
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms.
When to see a doctor
If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.
Long COVID-19: What you need to know
You’ve probably noticed that COVID-19 is different for everyone. While most people recover within a few days to a few weeks, others may feel the effects for several months or years.
Long COVID, medically known as post-acute COVID-19 syndrome, occurs when someone has ongoing symptoms or develops new symptoms after recovering from a COVID-19 infection.
These symptoms vary widely and may come and go. For some, symptoms are mild; others have symptoms that significantly impact their daily lives.
Long COVID symptoms
- Anxiety or depression
- Chest pain
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Extreme tiredness
- Joint or muscle pain
- Menstrual cycle changes
- Pounding or rapid heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Sleep issues
Long COVID may also increase the risk of developing other conditions, such as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). POTS affects the autonomic nervous system, which manages bodily functions that happen automatically – such as breathing and digestion.
Unfortunately, once you get COVID-19, it’s not possible to entirely prevent long COVID. Managing long COVID can also be challenging because no standard treatments currently exist.
The good news is getting a COVID-19 vaccine can help you avoid long COVID and lower your risk of severe outcomes.
Updated COVID-19 vaccines
Insured? See your primary care provider for the most recent COVID-19 vaccine.
No insurance or underinsured? Go to CHI St. Joseph’s Health Community Health for a COVID-19 vaccine. Contact Community Health at 218.237.5478 to schedule yours today.
If you have questions about coronavirus, call the MDH COVID-19 hotline: 651-201-3920.
For information regarding COVID-19, please refer to the following web resources:
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html and Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19
- Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) – https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
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