Does Pneumonia trigger COVID-19?
Luckily for us, COVID-19 tests are now very accurate. The only time COVID-19 tests should return positive results is when they detect the virus. While having just pneumonia itself is not enough to trigger a false positive on a COVID-19 test, pneumonia and COVID-19 are not that far apart. In fact pneumonia caused by COVID-19 is now being called Novel Coronavirus Infected Pneumonia (NCIP) which is tied directly to COVID-19. People who get NCIP suffer the same symptoms as someone with COVID-19, fatigue, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, body aches, headaches, loss of smell or taste, a sore throat, congestion, or a runny nose. Those who have NCIP may notice additional shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, and dizziness or heavy sweating. People who are 65 or older and have a history of respiratory problems or a weakened immune system are at higher risk of getting COVID-19 related pneumonia. Typically treatment includes staying in a hospital where patients have access to a ventilator and IV fluids for hydration.
If you believe you have caught COVID-19 or COVID-19 related pneumonia and would like to get tested you can visit one of our testing centers found below. Additionally if you would rather get tested from home you can find our Certified Teleservice for COVID Testing that will give you a virtual appointment with a medical assistant who will do the testing process with you. All you need to use the Certified Teleservice is any EUA certified test kit and an device to connect to your virtual appointment.