The COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet. There are still many countries and cities in the world that enforce lockdown to prevent further spread of COVID-19. The islands of Java and Bali are examples. However, reported by SecondThe number of victims of COVID-19 has decreased as of September 21, 2021.
Since it emerged, this disease that attacks the respiratory tract has a variety of symptoms, such as coughing, runny nose, and diarrhea. These symptoms often make the symptoms of COVID-19 appear vague and can’t even be distinguished between common diseases and COVID-19.
Illustration of COVID-19. (Photo: Freepik.com)
This was also revealed by the World Health Organization (WHO) through its official website, that the COVID-19 virus and influenza have similar symptoms of illness. “That is, they both cause respiratory disease, which presents as a range of illnesses from asymptomatic or mild to severe illness and death,” the WHO wrote on its official website.
How is COVID-19 and the Common Flu Different?
Quoted from Pure Wow, Dr. Phillip Kadaj, MD, FACP, an internist at JustAnswer, a consulting site for experts, says there are several ways to tell the difference between a cold and Covid-19.
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“The symptoms of the common cold will resemble those of an allergy and are generally quite mild,” says Dr. Phillip. The difference lies in the severity of the symptoms.
“For example, a more prominent cough, moderate to severe fatigue, headaches, and a moderate to severe runny nose can be symptoms of COVID-19,” he added. Furthermore, Dr. Phillip also noted that fever is a typical symptom of COVID-19 which is usually no including the symptoms of the common cold.
When Should You Go to the Doctor?
“In addition to fever, COVID-19 often presents with symptoms such as shortness of breath, severe fatigue, muscle aches/pains, nausea, and diarrhea,” explained Dr. Phillip. “Symptoms of COVID-19 also often lead to loss of sense of taste and smell,” he added, quoted from Pure Wow.
Illustration of COVID-19./ Photo: Freepik.com
According to Dr. Phillip, if you have a high fever above 38 degrees Celsius and it is followed by shortness of breath, you must undergo a COVID-19 test and immediately self-quarantine.
Listen to Your Body
One thing you must understand, if you feel any of the symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever above 38 degrees Celsius, cough, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell, you must get yourself checked immediately. Especially if you have been in contact with people with COVID-19, even with moderate symptoms such as allergies.
In addition, according to Dr. Phillip, you need to listen to your own body. “We all have colds during our lives. If you have a cold and it tastes different, be careful and get tested, or if you’re not sure, always be careful and get tested,” says Dr. Phillip.
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