A member asked:

If i think i have a cold, how do i know it's actually that and not coronavirus without getting tested?

A doctor has provided 1 answer
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

You do not: Unfortunately, without a test it is only time and new symptoms that will offer clinical hints about the cause of the symptoms. Of course, possible exposure may also contribute to delineating a cause. Bottom line is, coronavirus cannot be ruled out, specifically during the pandemic, but other causes such as strep throat are still possible.

Answered 4/5/2020

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