COVID-19

What You Should Know

A Comprehensive Guide To COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to spread, we will continue to provide updates and information to help you stay healthy.

Signs And Symptoms

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization. The CDC does not list different symptoms for the Delta variant or others.

Most common symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Tiredness

Less common symptoms:

  • Aches and pains
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • a rash on skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes

Serious symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Loss of speech of movement

Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility.
On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days

Symptoms
COVID-19
Allergies
Cold
Flu
Cough
Common (usually dry)
Rare (usually dry unless triggers asthma)
Common (mild)
Common (usually dry)
Shortness Of Breathe
Sometimes
No
No
No
Sneezing
No
Common
Common
No
Sore Throat
Sometimes
Sometimes Usually Mild
Common
Sometimes
Fever
Common
No
Short fever period
No
Runny or Stuffy Nose
Rare
Common
Common
Sometimes
Body Aches and Pains
Sometimes
No
Common
Common
Diarrhea
Rare
No
No
Sometimes in children
Length of Symptoms
7-25 days
Several Weeks
Less than 14 days
7-14 days

COVID-19 Vaccine

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine, if you are able, is the best way to protect yourself and people around you.

To learn more about the vaccine or how you can get one, reach out to your doctor or visit the links below. You can find the free vaccine at many neighborhood locations.

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Vaccine/Pages/Vaccine.aspx

COVID-19 Vaccine Information (alleghenycounty.us)

If You Live With Lung Disease

Those who live with lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer, while not more likely to get the COVID-19 virus, are at greater risk of serious illness if infected. It is important for these groups to take special precautions to reduce the risk of infection. Since developments are fast-breaking, continue to follow trusted sources or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

How Can I Avoid Getting Sick And Prevent Spreading The Disease

There are a number of ways to reduce your risk of infection and prevent further spread. It’s recommended you:

  • If you are able, get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. 
  • Follow CDC guidance on face coverings while in public. Read more.
  • Contact a health care provider and stay home if you have symptoms.

Smoking And COVID-19

As with any lung illness, smoking increases the risk of negative health effects among those infected with COVID-19. People who smoke are more likely to experience serious complications if they become infected. Preliminary research suggests that smokers infected with COVID-19 are nearly 1.5 times more likely to have severe symptoms and 2.5 times more likely to be admitted to the ICU, need mechanical ventilation, or die compared to non-smokers. New research also suggests that current smokers are faced with an increased risk of contracting COVID-19. While research into the effects of smoking on the risk of contracting COVID-19 is limited and will continue as cases increase, experiences with other lung illnesses suggest that smoking will continue to be a significant risk factor for adverse health outcomes among those diagnosed with COVID-19.