The “return” of COVID [must-read]


We’re all really tired of talking about it, thinking about it, and worrying about it.

But—it’s still here.

And because of it, people are still dying. Around 20 percent of victims experience lingering symptoms known as long COVID.

Not to mention, I recently saw seven COVID-positive patients to start my week. But they ALL chalked their symptoms up to a run-of-the-mill cold.

And that’s exactly what I want to discuss with you today. Because that line of thinking is quite dangerous…

Especially as we enter yet another cold, flu, and yes—COVID season.

COVID until proven otherwise

I’m not trying to sound the alarms here. But any upper respiratory symptom should be considered COVID-related until proven otherwise.

Why? Because COVID can be deadly, especially for those with pre-existing conditions that may exacerbate their illness.

And because treatment options need to be started as quickly as possible in order to be the most effective.

In fact, sadly, two of those seven patients I saw are now in the hospital fighting for their lives—as they waited too long to get diagnosed, thinking it was a pesky cold that wouldn’t go away.

So, allow me to remind you to simply be aware of the tricky months ahead, where viruses are sure to be circulating.

Stop making assumptions

I understand that less dangerous respiratory illnesses share a lot of the same symptoms with COVID-19—like fever, chills, cough, fatigue, sore throat, body aches, and headaches. So even “experts” can have a hard time telling the difference.

That’s why making any assumptions about the cause of your symptoms is risky. You need to test to know definitively… even if your symptoms are mild.

Now, COVID symptoms may vary between variants and among the vaccinated versus unvaccinated. But some of the most notable include a sore throat, fever, headache, and fatigue—all of which seem to appear quickly. (Oftentimes, a sore throat is the very first symptom.)

And of course, if you’re ever showing emergency signs, call 911.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s website, those include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

Until next time,
Dr. Fred

P.S. Learn how to prime your immune system against the season’s harshest threats in the May 2021 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives (“A secret weapon for fending off even the deadliest health threats—from cancer to COVID—may lie within your gut”). Subscribers have access to this content and more in the archives. So if you haven’t already, click here to sign up today.