The Difference between Coronavirus, Colds And Flu

As winter approaches, most people are likely to start coughing and sniffling often. Since coronavirus struck the world, we became more attentive to our health than before, and medics have declared that distinguishing Covid-19 and cold can be somewhat difficult. Since anyone can contract the coronavirus, with the aged and those with existing health issues being more susceptible, it is essential to understand their differences. This will be handy in helping everyone know what signs and symptoms to pay close attention to.

The UK has lost more than 41,500 people to Covid-19, and with the rising number of cases, there is fear that another wave may strike the UK. However, experts have affirmed that there is no other coronavirus wave and claimed the rise in cases is as a result of mass testing. Indeed, kids have started going back to school, and many parts of the UK are now open for businesses, despite many offices being empty.

Experts have signalled about the tension surrounding Covid-19; therefore, there is a need for people to differentiate if and when they have a sniffle or have caught the virus. Ben Littlewood Hilson, the DoctorLink’s chief medical officer, while speaking to Metro, insisted that the older people need to be on more lookout during this time of crisis. 

Some of the coronavirus common symptoms include:

  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Rise in temperature
  • New continuous and dry cough

Even though some patients might have reported breath shortness, medics say that there are tons of symptoms linked with Covid-19. Also, scientists have warned that symptoms in kids are significantly different; therefore, parents should pay attention to low appetite.

According to data from King’s College London, 52% of children within the school-age bracket and who tested positive for Covid-19 didn’t have symptoms like those of adults. 

This comes from an analysis of 198 kids who had positive results and about 15,800 who tested negative. Among the 198 who tested positive; 55% suffered from extreme tiredness, 53% were suffering from headaches, 49% were suffering from fever, 38% had pharyngitis, and 35% were suffering from the lack of appetite. Besides, 15% of the children who tested positive were found to have an abnormal skin rash.

How it spreads

Coronavirus is a current infection and scientists are working tirelessly to understand it fully. Since the pandemic hit the world, various treatments have been found by experts, but a successful vaccine is yet to be discovered. Medics believe that the virus is spread through droplets that are produced when coughing or sneezing. It can also be spread through shaking hands and touching. When the droplets from a person who tested positive land on body parts or surfaces, a healthy person can get the virus, thus becoming infected.

How Covid-19 Differs from a cold or flu

Covid-19 symptoms are similar to those of other respiratory infections. However, symptoms of the flu are likely to show up faster.

According to NHS, the following are the signs flu:

  • Loss of appetite
  • A sore throat
  • A dry cough
  • Diarrhoea or tummy pain
  • Feeling sick or being sick
  • A headache
  • Feeling tired or exhausted
  • An aching body
  • A sudden fever-38°C temperature or above
  • Sleeplessness

However, experts from King’s College University have found that some flu consistent symptoms also appear in coronavirus. Scientists reported that patients on COVID Symptom Tracker App have a vast range of symptoms, including fatigue, muscle pain, headache, and confusion. Also, diarrhoea was confirmed to be a coronavirus symptom by American health officials earlier in the year.

In May, a runny nose, diarrhoea, and nausea were included in COVID-19 symptoms by the Centre for Disease Control. While in Croydon, a GP at the Portland Medical Practice, Dr Ravi Tomar, said that common cold has been consistent in yearly cycles. He also added that a common cold primarily affects the upper part of the breathing system, and patients barely experience aching of bodies. But, with the flu, symptoms affect the entire body. Dr Ravi, however, emphasised that those who think they have contracted COVID-19, they should seek medical assistance and test.

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