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i am experiencing shortness of breath (severity: mild) (time frame: sudden) (worsened by: lying down) (unaffected by: psychological stress, exercise or physical activity) (better by: sitting upright) (unaffected by: rest), cough (worsened by: lying flat) (unaffected by: exposure to secondhand smoke, night time) (associated with: barky, hoarse, or hacking sound, whooping sound upon breathing in, phlegm or mucus) (not associated with: blood in phlegm, chronic, persistent in winter), fever (severity: mild), dizziness (worsened by: hot weather, lying flat, sitting upright) (unaffected by: changing head position, exercise, prolonged standing) (unaffected by: with fluids, rest), headache (severity: moderate) (time frame: sudden) (occurred: 1 - 3 hours) (side: front, left, right) (worsened by: sneeze or cough, being tired) (unaffected by: bending forward, changes in sleep pattern, psychological stress, exercise, being at high altitude, menstruation, skipping meals) (better by: rest) (unaffected by: stress management) (associated with: dull or aching sensation, sensation of pressure or fullness) (not associated with: occurring at the same time of day, sharp or stabbing feeling, throbbing sensation, wake you from sleep), aching muscles, generalized weakness, chills, body aches, chest congestion, difficulty breathing through nose, runny nose, sore throat, and nasal congestion. i have the following risk factor(s): living in or recent travel to high risk covid-19 region.

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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Covid-19: Typical symptoms of Coronavirus include fever, body aches, fatigue, weakness and occasionally nasal congestion. Since you have more than 2 symptoms, there is a high likelihood that you have the infection. Make sure you self-isolate, drink lots of fluids, rest, and treat your symptoms (acetaminophen, decongestant.) See Dr for difficulty breathing, persistent chest pain, new onset confusion/lethargy
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
COVID 19 concerns: These sxs could be due to a COVID 19 infection.Suspicion for COVID 19 is higher if you have at least 2 of these symptoms: temp of at least 99.6 F (37.5 C), Cough, Shortness of breath, Chills, Shivering, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat or new loss of taste or smell.In South Africa- one consults with a medical provider who will determine need for COVID 19 testing. Consult w your med provider.

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