The 2020 coronavirus pandemic has spread across the globe and people are anxiously searching for answers. As scientists and doctors collect data regarding symptoms, mortality rates, care options, and potential vaccination, it can be challenging to stay up-to-date with the most recent developments. To compound matters, the 2020 novel coronavirus struck during cold, flu and allergy season, leaving many people affected by these common ailments to question whether they have something more serious.

Is a Sore Throat a Symptom of Coronavirus?
A sore throat can occur for a number of different reasons, including post-nasal drip and straining the vocal chords. Additionally, a sore throat can be caused by an infection, but while some coronavirus patients have reported a sore throat, it is not one of the most common symptoms. Coronavirus patients have had a wide range of symptoms, but fever, a dry cough, and shortness of breath seem to be the most prevalent. A dry cough may result in a sore throat, but if your only symptom is a sore throat, it could be caused by any number of things.

Other Symptoms of Coronavirus
COVID-19 affects the respiratory system by causing mucus to build up and actually block airflow in the lungs. Essentially, it is a type of pneumonia and it mimics the same effects. This is why patients who experience severe side effects may need to be placed on a ventilator in an attempt to keep airflow into the lungs. Additionally, vomiting and diarrhea can be present with coronavirus, and some reports suggest that seizures and hallucinations can be present. These may also be a result of having a very high fever that attacks the central nervous system.

What’s important to keep in mind is that mild symptoms of coronavirus can be the same as those found in cold and flu cases. As a result, it’s good to be cautious and seek medical treatment if you are exhibiting symptoms of these types of illness. Call your doctor immediately if you are noticing changes in your health. Medicare has expanded telehealth services, so you can take advantage of a virtual doctor visit without ever leaving your home. If your physician determines you should get tested for COVID-19, you will be directed to a local testing center.

If You Suspect You Have Coronavirus
If you believe that you have contracted coronavirus, you need to be tested. This test can be done in a doctor’s office or hospital, and many areas have created drive-thru testing sites. Unless you are experiencing a medical emergency and require treatment right away, it’s best to call your doctor or local hospital before showing up to discuss your symptoms. This will allow the medical staff to prepare a safe environment for you while protecting healthcare workers and other people seeking medical care. Medicare will help cover the costs of COVID-19 related testing and treatment. To learn more about your Medicare coverage as it relates to coronavirus, visit the Medicare website or contact your plan administrator.

The guidelines for safe social distancing, testing, and treatment can be found by contacting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Visit the official website for the CDC for regular updates regarding the latest on coronavirus data in the United States and around the world.

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