AUSTIN, Texas - Symptoms for coronavirus COVID-19 include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. These, of course, are similar to the common cold and flu.
Expect a common cold to start out with a sore or scratchy throat, cough, runny and/or stuffy nose. Flu symptoms are more intense and usually come on suddenly, and can include a high fever. Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear more slowly. They usually include fever, a dry cough and noticeable shortness of breath, according to the World Health Organization. A minority of cases develop pneumonia, and the disease is especially worrisome for the elderly and those with other medical problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes or heart conditions.
Right now there's one big difference between flu and coronavirus: A vaccine exists to help prevent the flu and it's not too late to get it. It won't protect you from catching the coronavirus but may put you in a better position to fight it.To protect yourself, wash your hands well and often, keep them away from your face, and avoid crowds and standing close to people.
And if you do find yourself showing any of these flu or coronavirus symptoms - don't go straight to your doctor's office. That just risks making more people sick, officials urge. Call ahead, and ask if you need to be seen and where.
Below is a list of all county-reported cases so far.
As of April 5, Bastrop County has confirmed 10 positive cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Blanco County has two confirmed COVID-19 cases. A female resident of Blanco County in her 60’s tested positive for COVID-19 on March 21 after completing drive-through testing as a result of her symptoms. Her case is travel-related, and she is recovering at home under self-quarantine, according to Blanco County. A male resident also tested positive and his case is travel-related as the symptoms began after contacting an ill family member who resides outside of Blanco County. This individual did travel within the City of Blanco before reporting their symptoms, at which point in time they self-quarantined at home.
As of April 5, Bexar County has 384 positive cases of COVID-19. According to the county, so far there have been 11 recorded deaths.
As of March 31, Bell County has 36 confirmed cases, including one woman who died.
As of March 31, Burnet County has two positive COVID-19 cases.
As of April 5, Comal County has 18 positive cases of COVID-19. Comal County has also reported 2 deaths in the county.
As of April 5, Fayette County is reporting 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19. So far there have been no reported deaths from the county and one recovery.
As of April 7, Hays County has 61 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The county has also reported 7 hospitalizations so far, but no reported deaths.
As of March 31, Llano County has three confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of April 6, Austin-Travis County has 484 confirmed coronavirus cases and six deaths.
FOX 7 Austin is working to keep you up to date with coronavirus, with both local and national developments. Every weekday we're live at 1 p.m. with a special show reporting the latest news, prevention tips and treatment information.
You can also get the latest COVID-19 news from around the country at coronavirusnow.com.