Comparing symptoms of respiratory conditions

Thanks to Bonnie Wong, DO who sent out this simple graph. I’ve referred to it more than once in the last month, much to my relief. It’s also helped with clients who aren’t sure what’s happening for them. While we’re not doctors (nor can we diagnose — especially these days), we can help people clarify what they are experiencing and what to do next.

What to do next

The first step: if you’re not feeling well, stay home! Rest, recuperate and keep potential germs localized by washing hands, not touching your face…You know the drill.

Next step: if your symptoms worsen (or your anxiety spikes), contact your primary care provider. Review your symptoms with them. If you don’t have an established PCP, contact your insurance carrier. The number is on the back of your card. By this point, most carriers have established tele-health options, so they will connect you with a nurse or doctor who can screen your condition.

Next step: Along with any instructions they give you, remember to take care of yourself. Sleep, diet, movement, and tending your heart and mind. All of these can support your body as it meets whatever condition you have.