The latest on COVID-19 symptoms

Dr. Jen Ashton breaks down possible coronavirus symptoms.
2:21 | 08/10/20

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developments we're tracking -- diagnosed cases of coronavirus close in on the 20 million mark worldwide. Soaring above 5 million here at home, with at least 162,000 American fatalities. With me now is ABC chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton, so many of us trying on a daily basis to assess our personal risk of contracting covid-19, now we have school coming back into session, a lot of focus has been given to just how varied and diverse the symptoms of covid-19 can be. What's the latest on that? The latest is we're learning more and more and there's a huge range of symptomology. In terms of medicine, sign is something that you see. Symptom is something when you feel. When you talk about the viral infection it runs the gamut between no symptoms, to mild symptoms, vague, kind of viral symptoms, to severe requiring hospitalization. Literally it can go head to toe from affecting the central nervous system, respiratory, pulmonary. Muscular, skeletal. They manifest with fatigue, cough, fever, which could be low grade or high, pink eye, muscle or body aches and then the central nervous system of loss of smell or taste. We're just seeing a wide range here. Wow, wow. So, if you're experiencing one or several of these symptoms, should you then go get a covid-19 test? Well, it depends where you are in the country. If you're in a hot zone, yes. There's saying in medicine, if you think hoovs outside, think hors horses. We have to exclude bacterial infections, thing like strep throat, influenza, but if you have had exposure or if you're in a hot zone assume you're infected and isolate yourself from others, that's really important. Obviously, with this or any other infection, if you're getting worse not better you absolutely want to seek medical attention, and lastly, it's important in medicine, treat the entire person, not just a body part or one infection or one diagnosis. Everything's connected. At least how we have to look at things. All right, Dr. Jen. We turn now to ABC's Kyra

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