- Aug 25, 1999
It's possible to be infected with the virus and NOT have a fever (CNN compared two individuals infected with the virus a few days ago and one never had any fever but he also didn't have any breathing difficulty). However, if you had the virus, it seems HIGHLY unlikely that you wouldn't have a fever if you were suffering labored breathing due to the virus.Kind of scary. I'm 46, and noticed I have had respiratory difficulty since Wednesday. Same thing, labored breathing for no reason. Especially when I lay down on my back, it feels like a weight on my chest.
I haven't noticed any other symptoms, which is why I'm not more afraid.
The shortness of breath happens when the virus attacks the cells in the lower part of the lungs. And when that happens your body will mount a defense to stop the virus (which is how antibodies get created). That immune system response is what causes fever.
So... folks with lungs that are under attack by the virus are highly likely to have fever.
Shortness of breath with NO fever is unlikely to be due to the novel coronavirus.
I am not a doctor.
Concern and anxiety can easily cause some level of breathing difficulties. I know, because I've had it happen to me. But I realize it is anxiety related when I immerse myself into some activity that takes my mind off of whatever it is I might be concerned about. Suddenly, when my mind is fully distracted, I realize my breathing symptoms have gone away.
Maybe take a break from reading these threads and even watching the news. Go for a walk (if outdoor conditions permit), watch a movie (maybe not 'Contagion') or read a book.