North Shore Medical Center

COVID-19 NSMC Updates

COVID-19 Symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that people with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Learn more

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing 
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest 
  • New confusion 
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

What to Do If You Feel Sick

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please call your primary health care provider.   

If you are a patient in our network and do not have a primary care provider – or are unable to reach them – you have other options available to you, including: Mass General Brigham COVID-19 Screening Tool  // Mass General Brigham COVID-19 Nurse Line at  617-724-7000 // and virtual urgent care visit via Mass General Brigham HealthCare On Demand.

For your safety and the safety of others, please do not come to an urgent care clinic or emergency room for COVID-19 testing unless you have been instructed to do so. If you have difficulty breathing or chest pressure, please call 911. 

Drive-Up Testing and Respiratory Clinic

Drive-Up Testing for COVID-19 and Respiratory Clinics are on the Union Campus at 500 Lynnfield Street in Lynn. Both are by physician referral only and are open 8 - 5, Monday through Friday. Learn more

Stay home except to get medical care

  • Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Do not visit public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor.
  • If you feel worse or you think it is an emergency, call your doctor's office --call before you get medical care.
  • Wear a face mask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.

Follow the usual precautions for protecting yourself and your family members:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly (for at least 20 seconds) after sneezing, blowing your nose, coughing or using the bathroom, and before preparing or eating food.
  • Lather your hands with the soap and also lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Rinse your hands well with  clean running water and dry them on a clean towel or air dry them.
  • If soap and water are not available use an alcohol-based and sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you cough or sneeze, do so into the bend of your elbow, not your hand. Or use a tissue, and then throw it away immediately afterward.
  • At home, clean often-touched surfaces such as doors and doorknobs, cabinet handles, bathroom hardware, tabletops, phones, tablets and keyboards regularly with disinfectant.