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



2401 Terra Crossing Boulevard

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

Louisville, KY 40245



1707 Cedar Grove Road, Suite 10

Shepherdsville, KY 40165



9409 Shelbyville Road, Suite 104

Louisville, KY 40222



Opening Summer 2021

2746 Virginia Ave.

Louisville, KY 40211