Is COVID-19 Still Circulating?

It certainly has been a tumultuous few years dealing with the pandemic and various strains of the COVID-19 virus. We are grateful that the number of infections have dropped dramatically over the years, but it is still circulating throughout our community.

In fact, there has recently been a rise in cases in the South. That means we all need to be vigilant and remember our prevention strategies so we can stay safe and healthy this fall and winter.

Our AFC Urgent Care Athens, TN team refreshes your memory below about COVID-19 symptoms so you can keep an eye out and take action if you start to feel sick.

Can COVID-19 Be Treated Faster Now?

You should come see us for a rapid test as soon as you start feeling symptoms of a possible coronavirus infection. We all know how fast COVID-19 can spread and these current strains are even more contagious. If you do have COVID-19, removing yourself from work or school can help reduce the number of infections in our area.

Thankfully, there are a few different antiviral drugs available that can help you overcome the infection faster and reduce your symptom severity. They can either be given intravenously or in a pill form. Rest and fluids are also incredibly important as your body fights the infection.

Current COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Sudden fever
  • Chills
  • Persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue or muscle aches

Can I Avoid Getting Sick This Year?

We are all experts by now when it comes to preventing illnesses. Maintain your distance from infected people and minimize your time spent in crowded places. Wash your hands often and disinfect high-touch areas of your home.

You should also make sure you have the latest COVID-19 booster. Anyone over the age of 6 months is eligible to be vaccinated and that can help reduce the number of transmissions. The newest boosters will be available in late September or early October.

Severe COVID-19 Symptoms That Require Medical Attention

  • Respiratory distress
  • Persistent chest pain or pressure
  • Confusion
  • Pale, gray or blue-colored skin and lips

Feeling ill? Stop by for a COVID-19 rapid test at AFC Urgent Care Athens, TN.