How To Distinguish The Symptoms Of The Common Cold With COVID-19

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Good evening, I want to ask related to distinguishing flu, common cold, with COVID 19. Do the symptoms of COVID 19 always have to be accompanied by shortness of breath? because I was recently feeling nasal congestion and sneezing … please inform me, thank you.

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Hello Farel, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com.

The common cold or colon cold and COVID-19 do have complaints that are very similar because they both attack the respiratory tract.

However, the common cold generally only attacks the upper respiratory tract which includes the nose and throat so that it causes a very severe condition and generally these complaints arise within 1-3 days after contact with the virus.

While COVID-19 can be accompanied by an infection in the lower respiratory passage so it is very possible to cause complaints of shortness of breath (though not always) and worsening conditions such as acute respiratory distress syndrome, respiratory failure, to damage to other organs of the body. COVID-19 also takes 2-14 days to cause symptoms after contact with patients who are definitely infected with the virus.

If you experience complaints of inflammation in the airways and a fever arises (marked by body temperature reaching 38 degrees or more on the thermometer), then it is highly recommended to immediately consult a doctor for further evaluation whether you are included in the group suspected Corona virus infection or not, and what therapy should be given.

In the meantime, you are advised to:

 Use a mask while complaints are still felt and use the mask in a good and proper way Cover your mouth and nose using hands, elbows or tissues when coughing or sneezing Wash your hands with running water and soap for 30 seconds immediately after covering your nose and mouth / remove tissue immediately used to cover Avoid throwing saliva or nasal mucus carelessly Avoid traveling to places that are indeed at high risk of transmitting Corona virus infection No need to panic or worry too much about Corona virus infection because COVID-19 has a much lower mortality rate than the cure rate You are allowed to consume cold medicines that are sold freely in the market according to the dosage of the package until there is further advice from your doctor.

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