How do we know the difference between a typical exacerbation (flare-up) and symptoms of COVID-19?

Question: 
How do we know the difference between a typical exacerbation (flare-up) and symptoms of COVID-19?
Date Added: 
03/24/2020 - 11:45am
Category: 
COVID-19
Answer: 

There is likely to be some overlap between the symptoms you normally experience during a COPD exacerbation or flare-up and symptoms of COVID-19. There is also no "typical" COPD exacerbation, since each individual experiences a range of mild to severe symptoms.

Early reports show that high fever is a common symptom of COVID-19, but in general, high-grade fevers are less likely to happen in a COPD exacerbation. You should pay particular attention to what your "normal" exacerbation symptoms are and reach out to your doctor if you are at all concerned about shortness of breath and any symptoms that may be different from your "everyday" of living with COPD, just as you would with typical COPD exacerbations. Most medical practices and hospitals are asking that you call first, rather than visiting the office or emergency room, unless it is a life-threatening situation.