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A 38-year-old female asked:

I have 3 weeks mild covid-19 symptoms but not been tested: cough with some mucus from lungs, intermitt. low-grade fever and mild body ache. does duration of my symptoms and phlegm suggest this is turning to pneumonia or more moderate disease? worried

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Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Not pneumonia: From the symptoms you describe, it does not sound like you have COViD-19 pneumonia. This does not mean you are COVID free, so practice social distancing and hand sanitation, wear a mask if in public etc. If you develop shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, then you may have developed pneumonia. Call your Dr if you are not getting better.
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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 38 years experience
Evaluation: There are many viral illnesses that may cause these symptoms. COVID 19, influenza and other causes should be ruled out. Mycoplasma and Strep infection may be treated with antibiotics, and influenza may be treated early during the course with Tamiflu. Screening tests and a sample of your sputum may be obtained by your PCP.
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Last updated Apr 5, 2020

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