With the COVID-19 coronavirus fundamentally altering life around the world, many people are wondering whether their symptoms match coronavirus. Among those questions: Is chest pain a symptom of coronavirus?
Compounding the anxiety: Some people aren’t sure whether their chest pain is caused by anxiety or it’s a symptom of coronavirus (or something else.) We live in uncertain times, and we’re dealing with an unknown illness, so cut yourself some slack, and take measures to reduce anxiety and boost your immune system, including finding a way to think optimistically.
The answer, now: Chest pain can be a symptom of coronavirus, but it’s not the most common symptom (you can see a breakdown later in this article). However, other symptoms that are somewhat similar – such as shortness of breath – are common coronavirus symptoms. Crucially, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does list chest pain as being a symptom that can be an emergency warning sign for COVID-19, meaning you should seek medical attention if you have it. That’s because chest issues can indicate pneumonia. CDC writes:
When to Seek Medical Attention
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to arouse
Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
The related shortness of breath is one of the top three symptoms that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you should look out for. A dry cough is one of those three symptoms too (and coughing a lot might cause pain in the chest, of course.) The other symptom listed in the top three: Fever.
Coronavirus diagnosis can be tricky because the symptoms are, in many cases, very similar to the flu or a common cold. In addition, it’s hard to get testing in many jurisdictions even if you’ve traveled overseas. There’s not a known cure for coronavirus anyway, so if you think you have it, consult with your primary care doctor. Most people who get coronavirus will recover, but some survivors have described a very vicious battle with a flu-like illness. Chest pain can be no joking matter, so it’s always a good idea to consult with a doctor …read more