As COVID-19 surges across the United States and around our state, I’m noticing an alarming trend—more Minnesotans are choosing to put off care they need. And though the virus is a pressing concern for all of us, the fact is there are countless other sicknesses and diseases still circulating. When care is postponed due to the fear of being exposed to COVID-19 in a healthcare setting, it can lead to even bigger issues down the line.
The good news is, The Urgency Room has worked hard to design a safe environment where you and your family can get the care you need.
If your child is exhibiting distressing symptoms, it’s always a good idea to get them checked out—whether or not you think it’s COVID-19. Why? Because the same symptoms that occur in COVID-19 patients, are also present in other illnesses. For example, if you have fatigue and shortness of breath—which are classic COVID-19 symptoms—and you test negative for the virus, you could be experiencing a serious health issue such as: asthma, anemia or even anxiety.
Additionally, nausea and diarrhea are symptoms of COVID-19 AND the following health conditions such as appendicitis and diverticulitis, among other illnesses. While another prominent COVID-19 symptom is the combination of a headache and fever, which could signal an ear infection or the flu.
Ultimately, if your child tests negative for COVID-19, it doesn’t mean you should ignore a cough that won’t go away. In fact, when children suffer from respiratory issues, they can turn into pneumonia and other conditions that require immediate attention much more quickly than in adults.
Many Minnesotans skipped their annual exam this year and continue to focus on COVID-19 as the only health threat out there. It’s not. It’s important to think about the big picture when it comes to the health of your family. If you or your children have symptoms of COVID-19 but test negative, don’t stop investigating to find out the cause of your illness and make a plan for treatment or at-home care to heal. Our goal at The Urgency Room is to provide safe and thorough treatment for you and your family not only for COVID-19, but all of your healthcare needs.
The Urgency Room (UR) is a state-of-the art medical facility specializing in the treatment of acute injuries and illnesses in adults, children, and infants. Staffed with board-certified emergency physicians, the UR is prepared to handle it all. If you need immediate medical attention and don’t need an ambulance come to The Urgency Room.