Bryan Health gives tips to spot symptoms of coronavirus

Bryan Health professionals want you to know the difference between symptoms of the coronavirus and symptoms of common illnesses.
Bryan Health Physician Hotline

Bryan Health professionals want you to know the difference between symptoms of the coronavirus and symptoms of common illnesses.

“Symptoms that are not consistent with COVID- 19 include runny nose, sore throat or sneezing,” says Dr. Alissa Clough.

Clough wants the public to know how to look for signs of the virus and to not let common symptoms scare you. Since Bryan Health opened its COVID-19 hotline she says they’ve received hundreds of calls.
Most are people asking for signs of the coronavirus and just want to be reassured that they do not have it.

“So, symptoms we are worrying about with COVID–19 are shortness of breath, cough, and fever, certainly important to think about travel history, where they’ve been in the last 14 days because these symptoms do tend to be trending over 5 to 14 days,” said Clough.

Bryan Health also will offer a drive-thru testing location at the Bryan Lifepointe campus. Individuals who have symptoms of COVID–19 and have completed a screening for other viruses, can be tested.

“Based on those results, those that would screen positive for COVID–19,” said Clough. “We would then get in touch with the health department to determine further testing and if warranted then we are able to send a test to COVID–19 to the state lab, which takes about 24 to 48 hours.”

The opening of the drive-by testing will happen as soon as they receive additional test kits.
Clough points out that the closing of big public events is slowing down the spread of the virus to others.

“I think at this point and time being overreactive is probably our best way to decrease that curve,” adds Clough. “What we’re trying to prevent is the surge of individuals that might need healthcare services and really to protect those that will need it at some point and time.”

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