Distinguish Shortness Of Breath Due To Corona With Recurring Asthma
, I suffered from asthma since childhood, now it appears again, but the symptoms are different, usually the beginning of the flu continues to cough up phlegm (wet) then shortness of breath is not accompanied by fever, but now it’s been 7 days I feel a mild fever, dry cough, nasal congestion (not runny) ), a little dizzy then shortness of breath. Are these symptoms of Covid19?
Hello Kevin, Thank you for the question.
Corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a disease caused by a new corona virus found called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-coV-2). This virus can be transmitted by:
inhalation of coughing or sneezing from patients
holding the nose, mouth, and eyes after the hand holds objects that are contaminated with this virus
close contact with sufferers of this virus
COVID-19 can cause symptoms 2-14 days after exposure to this virus. Common symptoms are coughing, shortness of breath, and fever. Someone will be suspected of having COVID-19 if they have a history of traveling to a country with COVID-19 cases or contact with people who have experienced COVID-19 in the last 2 weeks.
Your symptoms may not be caused by COVID-19 especially if you have no risk factors (travel history and contact with people with COVID-19). These symptoms can be caused by flu or other viral infections or bacterial infections (such as Streptococcus) which can trigger your asthma symptoms. Considering the symptoms have been going on for 7 days, you should not delay seeing the doctor. Please visit the nearest general practitioner so that the doctor can carry out further tests including blood tests and X-rays to determine the cause. The doctor will provide further treatment according to your condition. However, if the shortness of breath that occurs is heavy with wheezing or chest pain, please immediately go to the nearest emergency room so that your condition is treated immediately.
In the meantime, you are advised to:
get enough rest for 7-9 hours every day
while maintaining food and beverage intake
maintain hand hygiene by washing hands regularly with soap and running water or hand sanitizer
cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue in the trash or cover it with your elbows
use a mask so as not to infect others
avoid the crowd
take paracetamol if you have a fever, follow the instructions for use on the drug packaging
Hopefully this information helps you.