COVID-19 is a disease caused by the newly discovered severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
Though the severity of symptoms varies, some people may develop life-threatening symptoms from COVID-19. Taking measures to stop the spread of the virus may help prevent you or someone you come in close contact with from getting sick.
Comprehensive Primary Care takes a preventive approach to health and well-being and administers COVID-19 vaccines.
COVID-19 symptoms vary and may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Common symptoms include:
The severity of symptoms may range from mild to severe, and some people may never develop symptoms.
However, some groups of people are at a greater risk of developing serious symptoms from COVID-19, including older adults and people with a history of diabetes, severe heart disease, or a weakened immune system.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should get tested. The team can talk to you about your symptoms and testing options. Comprehensive Primary Care may also provide recommendations to help ease symptoms and guidance on when you need emergency medical care.
A COVID-19 vaccine may prevent you from getting COVID-19 or developing life-threatening symptoms. The vaccine works by stimulating your immune system to create antibodies that help your body fight off the virus that causes COVID-19.
Currently, everyone 12 years of age and older can get a COVID-19 vaccine. Certain groups of people, including older adults and people with a weakened immune system, may benefit from a COVID-19 booster shot following their initial vaccination.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all authorized COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and reduce your risk of severe illness.
However, you may have side effects following your COVID-19 vaccine. Side effects are normal and a sign your immune system is developing the antibodies you need to protect you from the virus that causes COVID-19.
Common side effects of a COVID-19 vaccine include:
These side effects may affect your ability to go about your daily routine but last no more than a few days. Some people have no side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
To schedule your COVID-19 vaccination or discuss your COVID-19 symptoms, call Comprehensive Primary Care or schedule an appointment online today.