How To Distinguish Flu And Corona
Good night, because it’s corona virus season so I am a bit parno. Because in the last week or two I had left the house related to work and other events. During this week my throat is itchy, feels phlegm, and today my chest feels a bit heavy. But not often coughing, not fever, and not a cold too. For your information, I’m a smoker. Do I have to see a doctor? Thank you
Good evening, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. We understand your confusion. Corona virus infection does have characteristics that are very similar to the symptoms of the common cold. This is what causes those who are suspected of corona can not be directly determined positively or negatively, but there are terms suspect (people in monitoring) and suspect (patients under surveillance), because it needs to be seen first of its development, whether it leads to corona or other similar diseases.
In theory there are indeed differences in symptoms between corona infections and the common cold. In the common cold, the dominant symptoms are more directed at upper respiratory disorders such as the nose, so the sufferer will feel nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, mild headache, and sneezing. While in corona infections, the symptoms are more directed to the lower respiratory tract, such as coughing and shortness of breath.
The problem is, the reality is not always in accordance with the theory. Even some of them are actually positive corona, do not show any symptoms, or show symptoms but not like the typical symptoms in theory. This makes since the number of corona-positive patients increases rapidly and transmission starts locally, some hospitals have begun to tighten screening, from which there had to be a history of going abroad for the past 14 days to be suspected, becoming just a fever, coughing and runny nose, regardless from whether you've been abroad or not. Therefore, ideally to really know your condition, you should see a doctor.
But on the other hand, visiting a doctor also increases your risk of contracting if you haven't been infected at first. Therefore, our suggestion is to first try to assess yourself, whether the symptoms are severe and disturbing, or actually quite mild. If you think it is still light and does not interfere, then no problem if not directly to the doctor. Avoid smoking because this will increase your susceptibility to infections in the respiratory tract, multiply the consumption of fruit, vegetables and water, consumption of multi-vitamins and supplements, and routine hand washing.
However, if you are in doubt, worried, or feel that the symptoms are worsening, then it is no problem to still go to the doctor so that you can do a history and determine the most appropriate treatment for you. So, hopefully answering your question.