Doctor, I want to ask if itching is not a symptom of the CORONA virus.
Hello Jepri Hermanton Tamba,
Covid-19 (corona virus disease) is a disease caused by a new corona virus infection called SARS-CoV-2. This virus is transmitted from droplets with positive patient sneaking coughs that are inhaled (inhaled into the respiratory tract) or from objects contaminated with the virus then you touch and the dirty hands touch the mucosa of the nose, mouth, eyes.
Covid-19 is a disease with symptoms that can mimic the symptoms of other diseases. The majority of patients who are positive with Covid-19 experience symptoms of FEVER> 38 degrees Celsius with respiratory symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath. Other accompanying symptoms that are quite often found are excessive fatigue, pain in joints and muscles, headache, diarrhea. Some patients although rare but there are case reports, can come with complaints of accompanying red eyes, coughing up blood, and also a red rash resembling measles (viral exanthema) on the skin.
In the midst of the Covid-19 outbreak, surely we must raise suspicion about the diagnosis of this disease in every patient who arrives. But surely doctors have clinical criteria to determine which ones are at higher risk and are more likely to lead to a diagnosis of Covid-19. Complaints of itching (based on studies of patients who are positive Covid-19) is not the main symptom found in patients. Complaints of itching can be caused by other diseases from fungal infections or mites on the skin, allergic reactions, irritation of certain substances, and so forth.
There have been several case reports of Covid-19 patients with red rashes such as measles with itching that appeared all over the body. However, these patients still show the main symptoms of fever. In addition, some patients also experience respiratory complaints in addition to fever and skin rashes.
Please read complete information about Covid-19 disease on official websites owned by WHO, CDC, or the Indonesian Ministry of Health to get reliable information. If you have a history of the last 14 days of close contact with a Covid-19 / suspected Covid-19 sufferer or are domiciled / traveled to an area with a local Covid-19 transmission AND experience a Fever AND / OR one of the respiratory symptoms, please contact hotline 119 ext 9 or 112 or covid-19 hotline provided by the local government.
Do independent isolation at home, physical distancing, avoid traveling if there is no urgent interest, apply clean and healthy living behavior, diligently wash your hands with running water and soap, do the correct cough ethics. If there is an emergency that requires you to go to a health facility: use a mask (a cloth mask is sufficiently protective), do not use public transportation (especially those with heavy passengers), physical distancing, do not touch objects in public places if not necessary, wash your hands regularly , avoid touching the face area with hands that have not been washed.
Thus the explanation from me, hopefully useful.