So you caught a cold. fever. sore throat.
coronavirus? Or the flu?
When we enter the flu season, it is difficult to tell the difference-even for doctors.
Dr. Dennis Cunningham, an infectious disease expert at McLaren Health in Flint City, said: “Both influenza and COVID can cause headaches. Both can cause cough, fatigue and body pain.” You can tell the difference just by looking at someone. , And then people will need laboratory tests to help find out.
Cunningham said: “It makes you feel more confused. Just because you have the flu does not mean you cannot have COVID.”
He said it is easier to distinguish allergies from coronaviruses. Allergies usually involve a runny nose. You should not have a fever. You should not actually have any physical pain, and more importantly, if you take allergy medicine, your symptoms should improve. “
Dr. Kristopher Brenner, a primary care physician at Spectrum Health, said that this shows that the biggest symptom of the coronavirus is: loss of taste and smell, which is not caused by flu or allergies.
He said: “When people suddenly smell the loss of smell, when they can’t taste it, you can bet that this is probably a coronavirus.” “The other thing about coronavirus is sometimes diarrhea, which is a clear sign.”
Brenner said that although both influenza and coronavirus are respiratory diseases, the coronavirus is more likely to cause wheezing and shortness of breath.
Brenner added that besides the symptoms themselves, there are other important differences between flu and COVID-19.
For example, people usually develop flu symptoms within a few days of exposure to the virus, while COVID-19 may take two weeks.
Coronavirus is also more contagious than flu, and has a higher mortality rate, which is why it is important to examine people with symptoms so that they can identify others who may be exposed.
The doctor said that if people think they have flu or coronavirus, they may want to make appointments with a virtual doctor instead of going to the doctor’s office or emergency room to expose others. Brenner pointed out that Spectrum’s remote service allows patients to obtain laboratory orders for testing without having to see a doctor in person.
Concerns about the integration of the flu season with the pandemic have led doctors and health authorities to vigorously push people to obtain flu vaccines this year.
Brenner said: “For those who were skeptical of flu shots in the past, this year really needs to be considered.
One potential benefit of the pandemic: Experts say that the strategies people use to prevent coronavirus (such as wearing masks, staying away from social activities and hand hygiene) may result in a relatively mild flu season. This is especially true if more people get the flu vaccine.
“Wearing a mask not only protects us from COVID, but also many other respiratory viral diseases,” said Dr. Trini Mathew, an infectious disease expert at Beaumont Health Center in the Detroit metropolitan area. “It’s the same as hand hygiene. So now you will put more effort into all these preventive tasks.”
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