If you end up testing positive for the coronavirus, it might be tempting to hit the panic button. If you do feel quite panicked, it’s definitely an understandable feeling, but we’re here to help you put your mind at ease.

Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville offers up some helpful info on the severity of the coronavirus and how you can know what kinds of symptoms to expect.

How Likely Am I to Experience Serious Symptoms?

There’s no way to really predict that. But the World Health Organization and the CDC alike state that most people who come down with a case of COVID-19 can expect to fully recover at home without special medical treatment.

The real concern is for those with serious underlying health conditions, such as heart disease, cancer or lung diseases. Regardless of your overall health status, it’s crucial to monitor your symptoms. If you experience any of the below symptoms, call 911 and seek medical attention immediately.

Serious COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Are There Things I Can Do to Lower My Risk of Getting the Virus?

Absolutely! The best thing you can do is to adhere to your county’s health-safety protocols. If none are currently in place, the CDC recommends lots of helpful ways to slow the spread of the virus, such as masking up in public and remaining socially distant from those that don’t live in your immediate household.

If you still fall ill to COVID-19 and you don’t have any serious underlying health concerns, we’ve listed some ways you can recover more quickly below.

Ways to Recover from COVID-19

  • Get an adequate amount of sleep.
  • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
  • Take over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen, when needed.
  • Eat nutrient-rich meals instead of snacking on unhealthy, processed foods.

Above all, AFC Urgent Care Sevierville wants you to feel well this year! Visit us if you have any general health concerns.