Should I Still Be Worried About COVID-19?

September 15, 2023

We have been through a lot together over the course of the last few years. While we are grateful to have those intense months and years of the pandemic behind us, COVID-19 is still circulating in our community.

Different strains and variations still have the possibility of making you really sick, so you can’t let your guard down. This is especially true as we are headed into the cooler months, and we have already seen an uptick in cases.

Our AFC Urgent Care Chapman Highway team wants you to stay as healthy as possible this fall, so we refresh your memory about all things COVID-19 below.

Is COVID-19 Still Really Contagious?

COVID-19 has the ability to make anyone sick, but it is still especially dangerous for young children, older adults and immunocompromised people. The different strains are constantly changing and evolving, and we know that the current strains are still really contagious.

We are thankful that there have been some recent breakthroughs with antiviral drug treatments! Certain medications are available either intravenously or in a pill form, and can help you manage your symptoms and feel better faster. The faster you are able to take these medications, the higher the chance you have of avoiding serious illness. Coming to see us for a rapid test can get you your results in just a few minutes.

2023 COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Sudden fever
  • Chills
  • Persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue or muscle aches

Are the Recommendations Still the Same for Avoiding COVID-19?

We know a lot about this virus after it spent so much time in our community. It is still important even after almost three years to avoid large crowds and individuals infected with COVID-19. You should also wash your hands frequently, cover your cough or sneeze and stay home when you are sick.

In addition to all of the general sickness prevention strategies, you should be getting a dose of the newly reformulated vaccine. This protection can help reduce your risk of getting really sick. The latest boosters will be available beginning in late September or October.

Dangerous COVID-19 Symptoms to Watch For

  • Respiratory distress
  • Persistent chest pain or pressure
  • Confusion
  • Pale, gray or blue-colored skin and lips

Feeling ill? Stop by for a COVID-19 rapid test at AFC Urgent Care Chapman Highway.

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