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COVID-19 and Tick-Borne Illness Symptoms

By / June 12, 2020 / , / 0 Comments

As the Hudson Valley enters tick season, patients are presenting with tick bites more frequently at Emergency One locations.  The significance of this trend is important in our new COVID-19 reality as several diseases that ticks carry can mimic COVID-19 symptoms.  The following symptoms may be seen in both COVID-19 and with tick-borne illnesses:

  • Fever
  • Nonspecific symptoms such as fatigue, muscle aches, headache and chills
  • Nausea, vomiting, joint pain and cough
  • Some patients present sub-acutely with unexplained fever, which can persist for up to two months

It’s important to be aware of these symptoms. Complacency with minor COVID-19 symptoms may not be COVID-19 symptoms, but something quite different.  Ignoring tick-borne disease in the early stages may lead to more serious complications.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, even that low level fever or headache that just doesn’t seem to go away, please see your doctor.  At Emergency One, we can provide the appropriate testing, whether COVID-19 testing or tick-borne disease, and set you on the course for recovery.