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https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/sydney-respiratory-specialist-flags-covid-19-symptom-that-warrants-triple-0-call-c-3777716

A respiratory specialist working on the frontline of Sydney’s COVID-19 crisis has warned those who experience breathlessness to call an ambulance immediately.

Dr Lucy Morgan – who has been treating coronavirus patients at Concord and Nepean Hospitals – said early symptoms of the virus are often “very mild” but a patient’s condition can deteriorate rapidly.

“The first symptoms of COVID-19 virus are very much like any other cold or flu illness … a headache, a bit of a sore throat, maybe a bit of a cough. Some people have muscle aches and some people have a fever in those early days,” she told reporters on Wednesday.

When a patient starts to become breathless or dizzy, that indicates they “need urgent medical assistance”, she said.

“If you have COVID-19 and you feel breathless, have trouble breathing or are feeling dizzy, you need to call an ambulance.

A respiratory specialist working on the frontline of Sydney’s COVID-19 crisis has warned those who experience breathlessness to call an ambulance immediately.

Dr Lucy Morgan – who has been treating coronavirus patients at Concord and Nepean Hospitals – said early symptoms of the virus are often “very mild” but a patient’s condition can deteriorate rapidly.

“The first symptoms of COVID-19 virus are very much like any other cold or flu illness … a headache, a bit of a sore throat, maybe a bit of a cough. Some people have muscle aches and some people have a fever in those early days,” she told reporters on Wednesday.

When a patient starts to become breathless or dizzy, that indicates they “need urgent medical assistance”, she said.

“If you have COVID-19 and you feel breathless, have trouble breathing or are feeling dizzy, you need to call an ambulance.

Lung specialist Lucy Morgan speaks during a press conference in Sydney. Credit: JENNY EVANS/AAPIMAGE

“Don’t ring up and make a GP appointment, call an ambulance because these are the sorts of symptoms and signs that tell me that the COVID-19 illness is progressing, and progressing quickly.

“An ambulance is free, your medical care will be free, there will be people who can care for you even if English is not your first language.”

Morgan said as patients become increasingly breathless, “the oxygen in their blood starts to drop and they need increasing levels of extra support to keep those oxygen levels up.”

She said that this support initially includes breathing assistance through nasal prongs, before a ventilator may be required “to do the breathing for them”.

“And that’s the point at which someone who is in a hospital having care for COVID-19 may require intensive care therapy … a machine to do the breathing for you, a machine to possibly support the blood and do the work of organs in your body,” she said. 26 Aug 2021

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