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How to distinguish between cold, flu and COVID-19?

How to distinguish between cold, flu and COVID-19?

02 Apr 2020

Winter and spring are influenza seasons each year, and the epidemic of new crown virus pneumonia broke out at the junction of the two seasons this year. As everyone knows, the symptoms of the new coronary pneumonia, flu, and common cold have certain similarities. If you accidentally catch the common cold and flu during this period, you will be more worried than usual and wonder if you are infected with the new coronavirus. . So, how to distinguish the symptoms of common cold, flu, and new coronary pneumonia?

What are the differences in symptoms between influenza and COVID-19?

Flu can cause symptoms of fatigue all over the body, which can be accompanied by sore throat, by respiratory symptoms such as a runny nose and sneezing. The proportion of patients with influenza developing into dyspnea is low.

COVID-19 patients may have symptoms of low fever or high fever in the early stage, usually with moderate or low fever, that is, about 37.3 mi 38 ℃. And COVID-19 accompanied by sore throat, runny nose is less, replaced by chest tightness, shortness of breath, that is, the symptoms of dyspnea.

As COVID-19 is more likely to cause dyspnea than the flu, it is recommended to see a doctor in time once the relevant symptoms appear. Because there may be both influenza virus infection and novel coronavirus infection, we should make a timely diagnosis and make corresponding tests to determine whether it is the flu or COVID-19.

What is the difference between the symptoms of the common cold and the flu and COVID-19?

In winter and spring, in addition to the flu and the COVID-19 epidemic, it is also a high incidence season for the common cold. The common cold is usually caused by adenovirus, rubella virus and rhinovirus. Patients have fewer symptoms of general weakness and fatigue, and most of them have symptoms of sore throat, stuffy nose and sneezing, especially in the upper respiratory tract. Moreover, the common cold is often feverish with respiratory symptoms, which are more obvious than influenza and COVID-19.
For adults, you should see a doctor in time when you have symptoms of cough, purulent sputum or increased sputum during a common cold or flu. The doctor will choose the corresponding anti-infective drugs, namely antibiotics, according to the characteristics of sputum and cough to control the secondary bacterial infection.

How to improve COVID-19 's resistance during the epidemic?

In order to prevent COVID-19, it is very important to do a good job of protection. First of all, we must develop a good habit of personal hygiene. Wear a mask when you go out, wash your hands frequently when you come back, and pay attention to ventilation in your family.
The improvement of the resistance of the human body itself can not be ignored. If you want to improve your resistance, you need to develop regular living habits, eat proper nutrition and exercise properly. You can do more things you like, and your resistance will be improved when you are in a happy mood.

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