Living in a world where there is a pandemic running rampant, many people tend to be acutely aware of their symptoms. If they have a cough, a pain in the chest, or anything else, it can lead to wondering about what it might be. If you’re experiencing symptoms that have to do with your lunges or chest, your first thought might be that it’s COVID-19.
Most people who get COVID-19 don’t have to be hospitalized. The quarantine for two weeks and, when the symptoms are gone, it’s safe to go back out into society.
It’s always best to get it checked. While you might not want the swab through your nostril, it’s important to know whether you’re dealing with COVID-19 or even if it’s another health problem, such as an incurable form of cancer, like pleural mesothelioma.
Unfortunately, there’s really no way of knowing what you have until you visit a doctor. You’ll need to have some tests run – and it may be in the form of bloodwork, diagnostic exams, and more.
Some of the most common symptoms for COVID-19 include shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chest congestion, fever or chills, fatigue, and even a loss of taste or smell.
It’s easy for many people to encounter any of these symptoms and automatically jump to conclusions. Everyone is talking about the pandemic, so it’s easy to mistake the symptoms for COVID instead of something else.
By going to the doctor, you can rule out COVID-19 as well as other health problems. Pleural mesothelioma has some of the same symptoms, including shortness of breath and cough. You may also encounter trouble swallowing, swelling in the arms and face, and pain in your chest or lower back.
Obviously, you need to get the right diagnosis to learn about what happens next. Particularly if you have been exposed to asbestos fibers, it is possible that you might have pleural mesothelioma. The cancer is incurable and forms around the pleura, the layer of tissues that surround your lungs.
There are other health conditions that you might have, too. As soon as you notice symptoms, you’ll want to go to the doctor. List all of the symptoms that you’re faced with. If you’re swabbed for COVID and even the flu and both come back negative, don’t let a doctor dismiss you. Particularly with COVID looming around, more doctors are focused on whether or not you have that than with anything else.
What if it’s not COVID and it’s not cancer? There are countless conditions that you may be faced with. You have to look at what you may have been exposed to since the onset of the conditions. Have you been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID? Have you been around asbestos? Have you been bitten by a bug or an animal?
It’s better to find out what’s going on than assume you’ve got the coronavirus and shut yourself in for two weeks only to find that the symptoms are still there. If it is cancer or it is another health condition, you can focus on what to do next.