The situation around coronavirus and COVID-19 continues to evolve, with researchers and physicians learning more about the global pandemic. As the health care choice of more people in Louisville and Southern Indiana, Norton Healthcare providers are at the forefront providing the region with access to cutting-edge care.
COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild to severe illness and can appear between two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms to watch for include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
When to Seek Emergency Care
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face among those with light skin (Those with dark skin may notice a bluish tint around the eyes, gums, lips or fingernails.)
If you experience other symptoms that concern you or are severe, contact your health care provider.
If seeking emergency care either through calling 911 or by taking someone to an emergency room, notify caregivers that you are seeking care for someone with a confirmed case or suspected case of COVID-19.
How to Tell the Difference Between Flu and COVID 19?
Flu and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. Because many of the symptoms are similar, it may be difficult to tell the difference between flu and COVID-19 based on symptoms alone.
Both the flu and COVID-19 can be spread from person to person and are spread mainly by droplets when those who have the virus cough, sneeze or talk. In addition, both viruses may be possible to spread from contact with an infected person or by touching a surface that has the virus on it and then their own mouth, nose or possibly eyes.
COVID-19 Clinical Trials
Norton Healthcare has taken a leading role testing experimental COVID-19 treatments in Louisville and Southern Indiana, offering access to a growing list of clinical trials.
Norton Healthcare was first in the world to enroll COVID-19 patients in three separate clinical trials.
MIS-C Multidisciplinary Clinic
Norton Children’s Medical Group, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, has brought together leading pediatric heart, rheumatology, pulmonology and other providers to provide the area’s children with the latest care for multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). The condition has no known cause but many children with MIS-C have been reported to have had the virus that causes COVID-19 or been around someone with COVID-19.
The Norton Children’s Pediatric MIS-C Multidisciplinary Clinic is staffed by a team of pediatric specialists who monitor children for short-term and long-term effects of MIS-C. Norton Children’s is the first pediatric health system in the region to develop a clinic dedicated specifically for MIS-C care.
The medical community, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are still learning about MIS-C and how it affects children. Since the syndrome is still a new condition, little is known about its short-, mid- and long-term effects.
As research around the world made clear there would be a need for long-term care of COVID-19 patients, Norton Healthcare launched long-term care clinics for patients who continue to experience complications of coronavirus infection.