Not every cough is COVID19

Did I hear you cough?

Dr. Warren Wong

Dr. Warren


Chances are that you’ve coughed in the last hour. I probably cough once an hour. I just never noticed it. My patients cough a lot. That’s because they’ve had strokes, Parkinson’s Disease and dementia. Coughing is common in frail patients who have more difficulty coordinating chewing and swallowing. You’re probably noticing the coughing more now.

You can’t expect “normal” coughing to go away now.  However, it’s important to know when the coughing is different. There are several good sources to help you figure out whether a person has allergies, a cold/flu or might have Covid-19. Here’s one source:

If you are concerned that a person might actually have Covid-19, I’d like to make an important point: A fever is something that makes doctors concerned. Call the doctor. However, especially at the beginning, a person might have Covid-19 even without a fever. Keep a close eye. Younger people especially may not have a fever.

I’ll continue to send out messages 😊. Please feel free to email me with general questions.


Warmest Aloha,

Dr. Warren

P.S. I’m here to support you. Be connected, stay strong.



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