Are COVID-19 Cases Rising in the Charlotte Area?

If you have started hearing about COVID-19 again in the news, it’s because cases are slowly starting to rise around the country. We have slowly started to see an uptick in cases in the Charlotte area as well, so it is time to refresh everyone’s memory about COVID-19 and its symptoms.

We don’t want you to panic, but being prepared for the possibility of getting sick again can help you take action quicker if you do start experiencing symptoms.

Read on as our AFC Urgent Care South Charlotte team explains more about the current COVID-19 symptoms and other facts you should know.

Is COVID-19 Still Spread the Same Way?

Yes! While the virus is constantly mutating into different strains, the transmission from person to person remains the same. If you are near an infected person and he or she coughs or sneezes, you could get sick. You could also get sick if you touch a contaminated surface and then touch your face.

Getting tested for COVID-19 as soon as you start experiencing symptoms is still the best practice. Early testing ensures that you receive an accurate diagnosis faster and then you can quarantine yourself earlier to avoid spreading it around. Early testing also allows you quicker access to treatment options like antiviral drugs.

Signs and Symptoms of a COVID-19 Infection

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

Should I Get a COVID-19 Booster?

As of mid-September, the recommendation is for everyone to receive a dose of the newly reformulated vaccine, regardless of whether you have received past doses. The vaccine remains one of the most reliable ways of avoiding severe illness, so we recommend them to everyone who is eligible.

While the COVID-19 vaccine does offer reliable protection from the infection, breakthrough cases are still possible, and it is also possible to get sick with COVID-19 more than once in a season. Keeping an eye on how you feel and taking action as soon as you start to notice any signs of a severe infection can help you stay safe.

COVID-19 Symptoms That Should Receive Medical Attention

  • 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 AFC Urgent Care South Charlotte.