Coronovirus candidrum: flu, common cold, seasonal allergies or Kovid-19 infection?
Kovid-19 disease is known to cause novel coronoviruses that have infected 325,000 people in Pakistan and killed 6,700 people. The most prominent presentation of the disease is a respiratory illness, as a result of which it can be confused with the common cold, flu and seasonal allergies. As we approach the fall season and fall in temperature, we are moving towards a period of utter confusion, where every sneeze, cough, or sneeze makes us think that it is the flu? Is it a common cold? Is it a seasonal allergy? ‘Or dare I say it; Cor Is it coronavirus? ‘
While the anxiety caused by these symptoms is justified, jumping the gun and diagnosing oneself will not help anyone. If you experience any symptoms and then follow the protocol suggested by him after a clinical diagnosis, the best course of action would be to reach your family physician.
The chart below shows what symptoms are expected to occur in relation to each disease and how you can tell the diseases based on their symptoms, however, a visit with a physician is a must, no self-diagnosis. No, and there is no self-medication!
Source: CDC, NIH, Mayo Clinic.
In contrast, symptoms unique to Kovid-19 include a new onset or recently developed loss of taste and smell, which has been experienced by 85% of infected people, as reported by a recent study. The study also stated that 50% of people with Kovid-19 experienced difficulty breathing. So if anyone in your family experiences these unique symptoms, then it is time to call your family physician.
Who are at high risk of getting Kovid-19?
Are over 65 years of age
· Its with you
Have high blood pressure
Have lung disease
A condition that decreases their immunity
Taking medicines that reduce their immunity
What can you do to protect yourself from viruses?
Wear a face mask
Practice social distance
· Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Alternatively, use a hand sanitizer with a high alcohol content (over 60%).
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwanted hands.
If you are ill, stay home.
Keep your mouth covered while coughing or sneezing.
· Disinfect high contact surfaces before use.
While we wait for a vaccine to arrive or reach herd immunity, the best way to live our lives would be to adjust to the ‘new normal’ and practice prevention protocols.