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COVID-19 Specialist

24/7 Doctor

General Medical Practice & Board Certified Family Medicine located in Aurora, CO

New information about COVID-19 is being published at a rapid pace as medical researchers learn more about the virus and how to prevent and treat this illness. The exceptional team at 24/7 Doctor in Aurora, Colorado, offers the medical care you need for COVID-19 in the safest way possible: over the phone and via online video conferencing. The team is available 24/7 every day of the year, including holidays. Whether you have questions about symptoms, worry you were exposed to COVID-19, or you’re struggling with anxiety, call or connect online anytime you need help.

COVID-19 Q&A

What is COVID-19?

Medical professionals have identified many types of coronaviruses, including the newest strain, COVID-19. COVID-19 infected people for the first time in December 2019 and was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020.

COVID-19 has several characteristics:

Highly contagious

COVID-19 spreads through the droplets that come out of your mouth and nose when you cough, sneeze, and talk. You can also get the virus by touching a contaminated surface.

You can significantly reduce the risk of airborne transmission by staying six feet away from other people (social distancing) and wearing a protective mask. You can kill the virus on your hands or body by washing with soap and water.

Spread by people without symptoms

Anyone who catches the virus can transmit it to others for up to two weeks, even if they don’t have symptoms. Since many people who have the virus don’t get sick or develop minor symptoms.

Rapid and long-lasting symptoms

With COVID-19 you may have mild symptoms for up to a week and suddenly become severely sick. Some people report that they felt fine one day and very ill the next day. Many people end up with severe symptoms that can drag on for weeks or months.

What symptoms develop due to COVID-19?

Your symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to COVID-19. The most common symptoms include:

      • Fever
      • Chills
      • Dry Cough
      • Fatigue
      • Headache
      • Sore throat
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Loss of smell or taste
      • Nausea and vomiting
      • Diarrhea
      • Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath and other symptoms such as confusion and persistent chest pain are signs that your infection has reached a critical stage and you need immediate medical care. 

Older adults and people with medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and obesity have a higher risk of becoming seriously sick and needing hospitalization.

What steps should I take if I have COVID-19 symptoms?

If you have symptoms or suspect you were exposed to COVID-19, the first step is to self-quarantine. Stay at home and protect others in your household by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and staying in a separate room as much as possible.

The next step is to call the team at 24/7 Doctor. They’re available at all hours and on holidays, so don’t hesitate to reach out any time you have a question or concern about COVID-19.

Since the 24/7 Doctor team works through virtual consultations, they offer the safest way possible for you to get the help you need for COVID-19.

They diagnose your condition, prescribe treatment, and provide ongoing support for COVID-19 over the phone or through online video conferencing. They can also quickly determine if you should schedule an in-person appointment or need emergency care.

If you struggle with depression, anxiety, or other psychological problems triggered by the stress of COVID-19, you can also rely on the team at 24/7 Doctor for mental health care.

To connect with a board-certified physician at 24/7 Doctor, call or schedule an appointment online.