READING, Pa.- The coronavirus has infiltrated every aspect of our lives for the last six months and it can be tough to distinguish what symptoms are caused by the virus.
"It's going to be really hard to differentiate," said Dr. Debra Powell, Tower Health's chief of infectious diseases.
Powell said doctors have to evaluate each patient individually, and with COVID-19, there are three major symptoms: fever, shortness of breath and cough, but any, all or none of them could be present. That means doctors are looking for a grouping of symptoms that make sense for the illness and then deciding who to test.
"When you have all these people being tested for very mild symptoms," Powell said, "how do you triage who gets tested first and the turn around time?"
Depending on how long it takes for results, some people could end up quarantining for up to 10 days, even parents with children being tested for mild symptoms.
"I don't blame them for testing children that have mild symptoms, because we don't know, and the fact is if your kid had COVID, you'd like to know that," said Powell. "That way you wouldn't expose other people."
She said children should still be seen for well visits.
"You want to keep your kids' vaccinations up to date, because the common things are still common," Powell said, "so we don't want them to get another infectious disease."
Powell said by being cautious, doctors are being prudent.
"I'm asking people to be as patient as possible until the vaccine is released," said Powell. "Please keep doing what we're asking you to do."