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