COVID stressors

Here are some common sources of anxiety around COVID-19 and what you can do to address them.

woman standing with her hands over her faceI feel sick. Do I have COVID-19?

The Centers for Disease Control’s list of COVID-19 symptoms - such as fever or chills, cough, fatigue, and shortness of breath - is broad. Many of these symptoms also appear in common illnesses such as allergies or a cold. As a result, you may find yourself feeling anxious or hypersensitive to changes in your body. If you have a headache one afternoon, for example, you may wonder if it is COVID-19 or simply the result of staring at your computer screen too long.

If this is the case, the best thing you can do is contact your healthcare provider and see if they recommend getting tested. Stay home, except to get medical care, and follow your provider’s advice.

If any of these symptoms appear, seek emergency treatment immediately:

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face