What Is The Difference Between The Common Cold Cough And Covid19 In Children?
my child is 3 years 8 months, right now I have a cold cough and fever .. but if the cough does not stop … sleep disturbance
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COVID-19 or Corona Virus Infection Disease is an infection caused by the corona virus. This new virus appeared at the end of 2019 in Wuhan, China. This virus can cause infections in anyone from children to the elderly and will be more dangerous if it infects the elderly, pregnant women, people with chronic diseases, and people with low immune system. Symptoms of COVID-19 generally appear with respiratory system disorders including symptoms of mild to severe flu such as pneumonia, namely fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.
A person can be infected with corona virus and symptoms appear in various ways:
Accidentally inhale sprinkling of saliva (droplet) from or sneezing with COVID-19
Close contact with a person with COVID-19, such as touching, chips, or shaking hands so that the risk of inhaling droplets is higher
Hold the nose or mouth without washing hands first after touching an object affected by a COVID-19 droplet
Indeed the symptoms that appear in the common cold cough and cold cough due to COVID-19 look similar, but there is a difference between the symptoms of COVID-19 with the common cold. In the common cold the symptoms are sneezing, nasal congestion and runny nose, sore throat, headache, coughing and rarely have a fever although sometimes it is accompanied by a high fever. Then in COVID-19, the main symptoms are fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. In addition to clinical symptoms such as cough, runny nose and fever, the diagnosis of COVID-19 must also be accompanied by a history of traveling to the affected area and / or contact with people who are likely to have COVID-19 or are already positively experiencing COVID-19. If there is no history of travel and contact, it is less likely to be exposed to the corona virus and what your child is experiencing is a common ARI.
The symptoms of ARI are very diverse, basically mostly like the common cold. Usually it will heal by itself if the cause is a virus, the most important thing is adequate rest and increase endurance. If the symptoms are getting worse that is shortness of breath, breath sounds, pain in the chest or stomach, lips and nails bluish, the child has decreased consciousness, pale skin and palpable cold, digestive disorders appear like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, then immediately check your child to pediatrician so that your child can be examined further and thoroughly. In order to prevent ARI transmission, make the following efforts:
Eat foods that are nutritionally balanced
Drink more water
Gargle with salt to reduce cough and sore throat
Take medicine according to doctor's orders
Avoid contact with sick people
Wash your hands frequently
Complete child immunization
I hope this helps