Are Serious COVID-19 Cases Still Possible?

We are so grateful to have been able to take care of so many COVID-19 patients in our community over the course of the last few years. While we aren’t happy that you were sick, helping you feel better is what we do best and what we are passionate about!

Now that the emergency status for the virus is no longer active, it may seem like COVID-19 is no longer a big deal. That is certainly not true! COVID-19 is still out there circulating, and it still can make you really sick.

Our AFC Urgent Care Knoxville team explains more about COVID-19 today and how to avoid getting it in 2023, so read on to learn more.

Can Anyone Still Get COVID-19?

The coronavirus is constantly changing and mutating, like all viruses tend to do. Your immunity through either a previous infection or through the vaccine may be helpful in avoiding certain strains, you are not immune to every variant that is out there. You can certainly get sick from COVID-19 more than once!

While it is important to remember that the majority of cases aren’t serious or deadly, it is still a small possibility that you will get really sick from this year’s variant. This is especially true for the vulnerable populations in our community like our young children, older adults and anyone with compromised immune systems.

The Most Common COVID-19 Symptoms

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

Can the COVID-19 Vaccine Help Me Stay Healthy?

Yes! Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is still one of the most reliable ways to avoid getting sick. Getting your shots now as the cases rise around us is crucial for staying healthy. Even if you already had the initial series of shots, it’s important to stay current with recommended boosters. The latest boosters will be available beginning in late September or October.

COVID-19 symptoms often appear quickly, so if you do think you contracted the virus this year, come see us for a quick test. One of our rapid COVID-19 tests can diagnose you in as little as 15 minutes! The faster the diagnosis, the faster we can offer treatment options to help you feel better.

COVID-19 Symptoms That Indicate a Medical Emergency

  • 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 Knoxville.