Do I have asthma or COVID-19?

If you have moderate to severe asthma, you are potentially at a higher risk of becoming extremely ill from COVID-19. Coronavirus can affect your nose, throat, and lungs, which can trigger an asthma attack. These effects of COVID-19 can also lead an asthma patient to develop pneumonia or other respiratory diseases.

Asthma attack versus COVID-19

Indications of an asthma flare-up are dry coughs and shortness of breath that may be accompanied by wheezing due to constricting and/or inflamed airways (lungs). However, symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

  • Fever
  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Diarrhea

When you use your rescue inhaler, asthma symptoms should clear up as it’s controlled. However, with COVID-19 your symptoms will not completely resolve as they would for asthma.

If you believe you may have COVID-19, visit one of the conveniently located UofL Health — Urgent Care Plus locations to receive a rapid test for COVID-19. Our locations can also provide asthma services.

UofL Health — Urgent Care Plus locations

908 Dupont Road

Louisville, KY 40207

502-749-7909

 

2401 Terra Crossing Boulevard

Located on the first floor of UofL Health – Medical Center Northeast

Louisville, KY 40245

502-588-0746

 

1707 Cedar Grove Road, Suite 10

Shepherdsville, KY 40165

502-543-3246

 

9409 Shelbyville Road, Suite 104

Louisville, KY 40222

502-588-0740

 

Opening Summer 2021

2746 Virginia Ave.

Louisville, KY 40211

502-815-7040

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About Danielle Baumgarten, APRN, FNP-BC

Danielle Baumgarten, APRN, FNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner who specializes in urgent and primary care. She completed her bachelor of science degree in nursing at the University of Lousiville and then earned her master of science degree at the University of Cincinnati. She provides care for patients at UofL Health – Urgent Care Plus at Hurstbourne Corners located at 9409 Shelbyville Road.

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