Is this coronavirus or asthma?
It’s important to understand that if you have asthma and you get coronavirus (COVID-19), you’re at higher risk of severe symptoms. Both coronavirus and asthma affect the lower respiratory tract, the airways in the chest and lungs. Both also cause shortness of breath.
However, almost everyone with coronavirus and severe symptoms will have a fever as well as possible chills, diarrhea, loss of smell and taste and muscle pain. Asthma typically does not cause a fever. If you have asthma and you have an attack with shortness of breath but no fever, chances are it’s not coronavirus, especially if your symptoms improve with your asthma inhaler. If you have fever, or if your shortness of breath doesn’t get better, check in with your doctor to see if they recommend a coronavirus test.
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