Can COVID Symptoms Come and Go?

December 22, 2022

With 2022 coming to an end, many people are still dealing with the various symptoms of COVID-19. As the virus has evolved over the past few years, one of the most pressing questions today is whether or not the symptoms of COVID-19 can come and go. It’s important to note that there is limited medical knowledge about coronavirus compared to other illnesses.

Although it may be difficult to give a definitive answer to this question, there is evidence to suggest that yes, COVID symptoms can come and go. Essentially, symptoms of the virus can vary in intensity and duration. This blog will further explore this question and discuss when individuals should seek medical attention. At AFC Urgent Care Lakewood, we provide Rapid COVID-19 testing seven days a week.

Common COVID-19 Signs and Symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists the most common symptoms of COVID-19 as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. However, the virus can affect each person differently, with some cases reported as much more severe than others. This can all depend on a person’s overall health, age, and medical history. While COVID-19 symptoms are more likely to be experienced in a consistent manner, there is evidence to suggest that they can also come and go in some cases.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include, but are not limited to:

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever or chills
  • Congestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting

Can COVID-19 Symptoms Be On and Off?

The simple answer is yes, COVID-19 symptoms can have an “on and off” onset for many people. This can be more present during the recovery process, where those who have tested positive for COVID-19 might experience some residual symptoms at the same time they begin to feel better. Furthermore, it’s also possible that someone can experience more intense symptoms during certain periods, only to have them shortly decline afterwards. For instance, someone might have a high fever and severe symptoms in the morning, only to feel much better by the late afternoon. This could result because of the body’s natural healing process, or it could be due to the virus itself. Varying degrees of fever, fatigue and breathing problems can occur, on and off, for days or even weeks. It’s important to know when to seek appropriate medical care, in order to best avoid any potential complications or hospitalization.

When To Seek Medical Care for COVID Symptoms

If you’re feeling sick with any of the symptoms listed above, it’s important to seek medical attention. First off, you should be properly tested, which can be done on a walk-in basis at AFC Urgent Care Lakewood. An accurate diagnosis of your illness is an important step in knowing how to receive the best treatment. If your test comes back positive for COVID-19, treatment options are available.

For mild cases, the acute illness can be comprehensively managed at home. Our providers may recommend plenty of rest, hydration, and over-the-counter medications to alleviate symptoms. However, if you’re in a high-risk group for COVID-19 complications, including elderly people, those with weakened immune systems, or those with underlying health conditions, it’s best to be treated in the ER.

Visit AFC Urgent Care Lakewood for COVID-19 Testing & Treatment

At AFC Lakewood, your health is our top priority. We strive to provide the best healthcare possible for all patients near Lakewood, Golden Denver West, Morrison, Applewood, and surrounding communities in Colorado. Visit us any day of the week for COVID-19 testing and symptom relief. If you have any additional questions about COVID-19 symptoms, or other urgent care services we provide, please call us directly at (303) 988-3600.

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