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COVID-19 Symptoms Explained: Dry Cough

A common symptom of COVID-19 is a dry cough, which is also known as an unproductive cough (a cough that doesn’t produce any phlegm or mucus). Most people with dry cough experience it as a tickle in their throat or as irritation in their lungs. A dry cough caused by COVID-19 is typically deep and low, occurring at the bottom of the lungs. Often, people don’t feel relief after dry coughing.

When to Worry About Dry Cough

While dry cough is a prevalent COVID-19 symptom, it can also be caused by asthma, gastroesophageal reflux disease, postnasal drip, or a different viral infection like bronchitis. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to the other symptoms you’re experiencing to help differentiate the cause. Other common COVID-19 symptoms are:

  • Fever
  • New loss of taste and/or smell
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches

Of course, the only way to truly know whether or not you have contracted COVID-19 is to get tested. PhysicianOne Urgent Care is open seven days per week and offers prompt COVID-19 testing for our patients in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. You can walk right in to any of our conveniently located centers to receive a test. We offer both the rapid COVID-19 test, with results available in as little as 15 minutes, and the PCR test, with results available in one to three days.

You can also schedule a Virtual Visit with us to have your dry cough assessed by our team. If the provider believes you need a COVID-19 test, it will be prioritized when you come to our center. Book a Virtual Visit today!

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