Can You Get COVID-19 Twice in a Season?

It’s that time of year again when fall and winter illnesses rear their ugly heads. We all know that colds and the flu start to pop up more as the seasons progress, and we have to start including COVID-19 into the mix as well.

COVID-19 cases are rising right now, and we expect to see more cases again as more people head inside when the temperatures start to cool off. Remember, you can get COVID-19 again even if you have already had it.

Our AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah team explains more about COVID-19 below, so check it out to refresh your memory on the symptoms and what to do if you start feeling sick.

Do I Still Need to Test for COVID-19?

Yes! We all want to know what we are sick with so we can find the right treatment plan. This is especially true with COVID-19. You certainly want to know as early as possible so you can isolate. Older adults and people with compromised immune systems are still at a higher risk of severe infection, so do everything within your power to avoid spreading your infection around.

Early testing is also important for certain treatments. Antiviral drug treatments are now on the market that can help you feel better faster and avoid severe symptoms, but they work the best when they are taken as soon as you start to feel sick. Stop by any day of the week for a quick COVID-19 test, and get your results in minutes.

Common Signs of COVID-19

  • Sudden fever
  • Chills
  • Persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue or muscle aches

Will a COVID-19 Vaccine Help?

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 still remains one of the most reliable ways to avoid infection. As of mid-September, the recommendation is to receive a dose of the newly reformulated vaccine, whether you’ve been vaccinated previously or not.

While vaccines help you avoid infection, breakthrough cases do still happen. However, the vaccine helps protect you from experiencing severe or even deadly symptoms. If you are unvaccinated, the chances of experiencing any of the below symptoms is higher, so watch yourself carefully and seek medical attention right away.

Warning Signs of a Serious COVID-19 Infection

  • Respiratory distress
  • Persistent chest pain or pressure
  • Confusion
  • Pale, gray- or blue-colored skin and lips

Feeling ill? Stop by for a COVID-19 rapid test at our AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah center.