Understand the difference
Mild, Moderate, or Severe
To help you better understand the difference between mild, moderate, or severe infections, listen to the following considerations. If in doubt, you should contact your doctor or seek medical care.
- If you are experiencing mild symptoms, such as runny nose, mild cough, and no fever – please call your doctor for advice on how to provide self-care.
- If you are experiencing moderate symptoms which include cough, temperature over 100.4 degrees but no shortness of breath, you should call your doctor and self-isolate in your home.
- If you are experiencing severe symptoms such as cough, high temperature, or severe shortness of breath, call your doctor for immediate assistance and be prepared to go to the emergency department.
If you are pregnant, or have decreased immunity, or if you are being treated with certain medications which lower your body’s ability to fight infection, you may be at a higher risk of contracting a virus. If you are experiencing any symptoms, please contact your treating doctor.