What are the symptoms?
COVID-19 symptoms vary from person to person. Some people may have severe symptoms while others may be asymptomatic or have only a few mild symptoms. People with underlying health conditions are at higher risk for more serious complications. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Individuals with any of these symptoms should consider getting tested for COVID-19. Seek immediate emergency medical help for any serious symptoms, including difficulty breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, new confusion, or inability to wake.
Can I get tested for COVID-19?
We are currently unable to test for COVID-19 in our offices. We are able to refer patients to community testing sites when appropriate. You should be tested for COVID-19 if you have any symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has the virus.
How long do I need to isolate if I tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed?
The Washington State Department of Health offers a tool to calculate how long you should isolate if you tested positive for COVID-19 (with or without symptoms), or if you were in close contact with someone who tested positive.
My child is due for immunizations. Should we wait until this is over?
No. Well child checks and immunizations play a critical role in preventive care. It is important to keep these visits on schedule. We have adjusted our office workflows to maintain a safe environment for our well patients. Morning clinic hours are reserved exclusively for newborn and well child appointments and immunizations. We have designated reserved rooms, additional screening, and cleaning protocols in place to ensure the safety of these spaces. Learn more about why it is important to receive immunizations on schedule.
What should I do if I am worried about COVID-19?
If you have questions about COVID-19 or are concerned you’ve been exposed, please call the WA State DOH at 1-800-525-0127 and press # for next steps.
If you have any further questions about COVID-19, we suggest the following resources:
- WA Department of Health:
Please utilize the call center for general questions about COVID-19. Open hours are 6 am – 10 pm, seven days per week. Call 1-800-525-0127 and press # for next steps.
- What to do if you have suspected COVID-19: https://bit.ly/2QmQQ1z
- What to do if you’re potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19: https://bit.ly/3deaNBE
- What to do if you have symptoms, but have not been around anyone diagnosed with COVID-19: https://bit.ly/2Qfnh1Z
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Coronavirus self-checker: https://bit.ly/3lmUFBb
- Differences between COVID-19 and flu: https://bit.ly/36qG9lZ
- Symptoms of COVID-19 versus allergies: https://bit.ly/3ps6CZ9
- Tacoma-Pierce County Health Dept.
- Public Health – Seattle & King County